Deshaun Watson told ESPN it would be a "slap in the face" if he wasn't the first quarterback picked in this year's NFL Draft. So while he was probably stunned to see Mitchell Trubisky picked No. 2 by the Bears, so was Trubisky.
The Bears traded up one spot to land Trubisky, committing the franchise’s highest draft pick since 1972 to a guy they hadn’t spent a whole lot of face-to-face time with over the last few months.
“I had one workout with them, and then, after that it was just pretty much silence,” Trubisky said. “That’s why I’m surprised to hear my name called because we didn’t have a lot of contact.”
That one workout came around North Carolina’s Pro Day, which took place in March a few days after the combine in Indianapolis. During that private workout with the Bears, Trubisky said he did individual drills and threw routes to his receivers, as well as going through some more detailed work.
“I guess they just wanted to see how I was progressing under center and if I could make all the NFL throws,” Trubisky said. “I think they were impressed with the day I had.”
The Bears appeared to scout Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer heavier than Trubisky, though. That was no secret to Trubisky, which gave the 6-foot-2, 222 pound former Tarheel reason to not expect what went down Thursday night.
“I’m glad they came up and got me at No. 2,” Trubisky said. “I think it shows that they believe in me. And I believe in what Ryan Pace and coach (John) Fox are doing in Chicago, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”