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What Trubisky said at last year's Combine

With the NFL Combine set to begin this week in Indianapolis, we take a look back at what Bears first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky had to say during his media session at last year's event.

On why he declared for the draft following his junior season:

"I just feel like the season I had [in 2016] and what I've shown on film and what I'm able to do that I have the tools to be successful in the NFL. I've been really well prepared at North Carolina, and I think my game is ready to take that next step."

On whether he felt he could start immediately:

"I do, [but] that's one of the things that's out of my control. Whatever organization selects me, I'm going to go in there and compete. I'm going to try to learn the system as fast as possible. You want to show that you can play from Day 1, but it's going to be up to the coaches when they're going to put you in and hopefully they do what's best for you and what's best for the team."

On becoming the face of a franchise in the NFL:

"I believe that comes pretty naturally for me. I feel like I can be that guy. I'm going to carry myself the right way on and off the field and I'm just going to go in there and try to earn the respect of everyone I surround myself with. Whoever's around me I'm going to try to make them better as a player and person on and off the field."

**On the most underrated aspect of his game:

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"Probably my mobility. I can run a little bit and escape pressure. Most people think I'll just sit in the pocket the whole time, but I can create some plays with my feet. I'm obviously a throw-first guy, but I think that's one of my assets that teams really like and when you watch the film you'll be able to see that."

On starting only one season at North Carolina:

"I think I definitely have enough experience. I only have 13 starts, but I played in 30 games. I've come in off the bench and I've seen significant time. I was prepared really well at North Carolina by coach [Keith] Heckendorf, a really good quarterbacks coach, and I've studied the game. I'm a student of the game and I've seen a lot of defenses, and I think that's going to help me. And just my abilities, I feel like I'm in a really good spot right now to take my game to the next level. I feel really confident."

On not starting until his third season in college:

"It taught me a lot of different things just about life and adversity in general. Not everything is going to go your way. Being on the bench taught me how to be a better teammate. I found other ways to get better. I found other ways to push my teammates and be a leader even though you're not in that starting position and I think it's helped build me into the person I am today. But definitely the best way for me to excel my game is to be in there and play."

On whether he considered transferring from North Carolina:

"There were times when I thought about it early on in the process, but I was still getting limited time. The reason I stayed is because I built some of the best relationships and had some of my best friends on that team and they always believed in me and I knew my opportunity would come eventually. I wanted to stay for them and because I loved North Carolina and the experience I was having, even though I wasn't getting my time on the field."

On what he wanted to convey to teams at the Combine:

"Just show them who I am, be myself. I'm confident in who I am and I'm confident that I can be a franchise quarterback at the next level. I'm just trying to portray that to them and be myself."

On whether he wanted to be the first quarterback selected in the draft:

"Yeah, I would like to be the first quarterback to go. I think that's everyone's goal and dream. If you're a natural competitor, you want to be first. So that's what we're striving to do here."

On how he'd feel if the Browns—his hometown team—picked him first overall:

"I'm going to be excited wherever I go. I have a lot of pride of where I'm from that being my hometown. But no matter what team selects me I'm going to be super excited. I'm going to work as hard as possible wherever I go. It's been a dream of mine to play in the NFL since I was a little kid, so whoever picks me, it's going to be a dream come true."

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