Bears go bold in draft, staring with trade to land Trubisky
May 01 2017 by Dustin Murphy
And no team is being met with more scrutiny than the Bears.
There were many reports suggesting that the Browns wanted Mitchell Trubisky out of any of the quarterbacks in the draft class, but when they did the smart thing and used their first-overall pick on Myles Garrett, the novice quarterback went off the board one pick later.
But let's take a moment to actually look at Trubisky and what expectations should be for him in Chicago.
"To put on that kind of weight and still maintain my athleticism, it was a good grind for two years", Shaheen said.
Shaheen is a two time Division-II All-American who scored 26 touchdowns over the past two seasons. I'm going to stick to what I know and what I do and just continue to learn from the coaches and the rest of these players in the league. However, this is just another part of his game that needs time to develop.
The Bears finished last in the NFC North at 3-13 in their second season under Pace and coach John Fox.
Shaheen joins free-agent signing Dion Sims and established veteran Zach Miller at tight end, while Cohen joins a crowded running back room headlined by Jordan Howard.
An interesting Lake County connection formed when the Bears drafted Trubisky. Pace had been involved while working with the New Orleans personnel department when former basketball player Jimmy Graham was drafted, and Graham had been a basketball player. "When we were this close, within reach of a player that was all really valued, I didn't want to sit on our hands and risk not getting that player". Shaheen has the size and raw strength needed to be an asset as a blocker.
While it didn't appear as if the Bears were high on Trubisky, they kept their liking for the quarterback a secret until the big drat day trade.
The Bears, slated to draft third behind the 49ers, sent three other picks to San Francisco to swap first-round places and leapfrog them to select the North Carolina quarterback.
"I think I've had plenty of experience in playing in 13 games, starting 13 but playing 30", Trubisky said. "That was one our goals. So we felt good about that". But they also need help on the line, and on defense, and. well, everywhere. This came after they started off Friday night by trading the No. 36th pick and the No. 221st pick (Round 7) to Arizona in exchange for No. 45, No. 119 (4th round), No. 197 (6th round) and a 2018 fourth rounder. Obviously nothing against Adam Shaheen but who was going to take this guy before the Bears.