This year’s NFL Draft was chock-full of surprises and insanity.
After the Browns selected Myles Garrett with the top selection, a move that was already expected for some time, the event descended into madness. Desperate to draft he quarterback they felt was capable of leading the team into its next era of greatness, the Chicago Bears mortgaged to teams future to trade up one spot and draft quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
According to a report that first appeared on Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.com, even their trade partner, the San Francisco 49ers, were surprised by trade.
The 49ers were ready to select former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the No. 3 overall selection in the event that the Bears selected Solomon Thomas, who they assumed had to be Chicago’s target.
However, Chicago instead handed the Bay Area football team an extra third-round pick, fourth-round pick, and a third-round pick in next year’s draft; all for a player San Francisco wasn’t interested in selecting anyway.
The Bears agreed. They’d give two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder to move up one spot.
“Man, who do they want?” Lynch said. “Gotta be Solomon, right?”
“Call me crazy,” Marathe said. “But I think it’s Trubisky.”
“Then why’d they go get [free-agent quarterback Mike] Glennon?” Lynch said
The 49ers eventually traded back into the first round and were able to select Foster, making their opening draft day round as successful as it was exciting. San Francisco’s Day 1 moves were received with praise, while the Bears were the laughing stock of the draft and they still have everyone shaking their heads.
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