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Bears make bold trade to land Trubisky

The Bears stunned the NFL with a bold move Thursday night, trading up one spot in the first round to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick.

The deal with the 49ers cost the Bears picks in the third (No. 67) and fourth (No. 111) rounds this year in addition to a third-round selection in 2018. San Francisco followed by choosing Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas at No. 3.

With the 2nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Trubisky was a three-year contributor and one-year starter at North Carolina, where he set single-season school passing records in 2016 with 447 attempts, 304 completions, 3,748 yards, 30 touchdown passes and 4,056 yards of offense.

Trubisky was just as surprised as everyone else when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the podium and announced the quarterback's name.

"There was no [phone] call," Trubisky told ESPN's Suzy Kolber. "I didn't even think I was going to get picked until the commissioner said my name. It just came down. It's a dream come true. It's as surreal as it gets.

"I knew I was going to end up where I'm meant to be and I'm meant to be in Chicago. I'm just so thankful for an organization like Chicago to come and get me. It shows that they believe in me. I can't want to go to work. I'm going to give it absolutely everything I've got for them."

Trubisky is the first quarterback the Bears have picked in the first round since Rex Grossman in 2003 and the first to be selected as high as No. 2 since Bob Williams also went second in 1951.

Nolan Nawrocki writes in his NFL Draft Preview that Trubisky is a "raw ascending passer whose best football is ahead of him" and "has the accuracy, release quickness and athletic ability to fit in a precision-matchup offense such as the 49ers, Bears or Jets."

This is the second straight year the Bears have traded up in the first round; last year they moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 to pick Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Prior to general manager Ryan Pace's arrival in 2015, the Bears hadn't traded up in the first round since 1996 when they moved up five spots to select cornerback Walt Harris at No. 13.

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