If there was a 2017 NFL re-draft, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would certainly go much earlier than 10th overall.
The Chiefs actually traded up via the Buffalo Bills so they could take the Texas Tech quarterback. The Chicago Bears memorably traded up one spot in a deal with the San Francisco 49ers so they could take Mitch Trubisky at No. 2 overall, passing on a future game-changer in Mahomes.
Trubisky, of course, never panned out in Chicago the way Mahomes has in Kansas City. Nearly six years later, Bears fans continue to feel the pain of then-GM Ryan Pace taking the North Carolina product over a player who’s about to play in his third Super Bowl.
According to Mahomes’ father, Patrick Mahomes Sr., the likely 2022 league MVP actually expected the Bears to take him second overall. The elder Mahomes made the comments during an appearance on “The Parkins & Spiegel Show”, adding that his son was “hurt” when the Bears passed on him.
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Trubisky went 29-21 over his four seasons as Chicago’s starting quarterback, and that included trips to the postseason in 2018 and 2020. But he struggled with consistency and turnovers (64 touchdowns against 37 interceptions), averaging a mere 208 passing yards per game during his four-year run there.
The good news? The Bears may have found their quarterback of the future in Justin Fields, whom the organization traded up for at No. 11 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Fields flourished as a dual-threat QB in 2022, rushing for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns.
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