After showing little interest in Mitchell Trubisky during the pre-draft process, the Bears shocked the quarterback Thursday night by trading up one spot to select him with the second pick in the first round.
"I didn't see that coming at all," Trubisky said during a conference call with the Chicago media. "I was surprised. I'm glad they came up and got me at No. 2. 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."
Trubisky was a one-year starter at North Carolina. After redshirting his first year and backing up Marquise Williams the next two seasons, the 6-2, 222-pounder started 13 games last year. Making the most of the opportunity, he rewrote the Tar Heels' record book by completing 304 of 447 passes for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Take a look inside Halas Hall moments after the Bears selected QB Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Trubisky is proud of both his traits and intangibles. Asked to identify his strengths, he said: "I would definitely say my accuracy and my ability to make all the throws on the field, my decision-making and probably my poise and calmness. Aside from that, the things you can't measure: my love for the game, my passion for my teammates and my competitiveness and will to win. The things that you can't measure are I think what's going to define me and help separate me in this league."
Despite starting only 13 games at North Carolina, Trubisky disagrees with skeptics who believe he didn't gain enough experience in college.
"I don't think that's true," Trubisky said. "I think I've had plenty of experience, starting 13 games but playing 30. I've been around a lot of football. I went to North Carolina for four years and was continually progressing and really I'm only scratching the surface. I'm going to progress my first year in Chicago as well and the sky's the limit for what I can do. I'll just work hard and take care of what I can."
Trubisky doesn't expect to be anointed the Bears' starting quarterback as soon as he steps into the building. He knows that the team signed veteran Mike Glennon to a three-year contract on the second day of free agency.
"It is what it is," Trubisky said. "I'm going to come in and learn as much as I can from Mike and the other veterans on the team. I'm always going to compete and do my thing and push the guy in front of me and my teammates as well. When given my opportunity, I'm looking forward to taking full advantage of it. It's all about helping the Chicago Bears win, and that's what I'm looking forward to most.
"I'm going to come in, work and compete. That's how you make your teammates better and that's how you make the other quarterbacks better. The best quarterback's going to play. Whoever is going to help the Chicago Bears win is going to play and that's what I'm all about."
Trubisky was not expecting to be drafted by the Bears because he hadn't had much contact with them.
"I had one workout with them and then after that it was just pretty much silence," he said. "That's why I was surprised to hear my name called because we didn't have a lot of contact."
While there's been some debate over whether Trubisky wants to be referred to as Mitch or Mitchell, he heads to Chicago with far more important things on his mind.
"It really doesn't matter; you guys can call me whatever you want," Trubisky told reporters. "My mom calls me Mitchell. My family calls me Mitchell. But I have friends and teammates who call me Mitch. I don't have a preference. I'm going to answer to either one. I'm ready to get to Chicago and show them what I'm all about."