Teams Trade Up For Quarterbacks
The collective screams of Chicago Bears fans could be heard across the country as the name Mitchell Trubisky was called. At first glance, the pick seems strange considering they just signed Mike Glennon to a huge deal.
The Bears must see something they like from Trubsiky and will let him learn as a backup for at least the short term. This is all understandable if the Bears would have sat in the third spot and let Trubisky fall to them, but that isn’t what happened. The Bears gave away four picks (This years first, third, and fourth round picks and a 2017 third rounder) to move up just one spot. The only logical reason for this move is if they thought a team like the Browns would try to trade back up to nab him. Either way, four picks is a pretty big gamble for a guy who started just 13 games in college.
The Kansas City Chiefs also traded up to get a QB. The Chiefs swapped first round picks with the Bills and gave away a third round and 2018 first round pick in order to take Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. Since incumbent quarterback Alex Smith was good enough to lead his team to a division title last season, it’s likely that Mahomes will be riding the bench this season. Mahomes was the definition of a gunslinger at Texas Tech. He threw for a whopping 5,052 yard and 41 touchdowns. The Chiefs seem to think they have the quarterback of the future. It will be exciting to watch his progression.
With quarterbacks moving off the board, the Texans also made a move and traded up to the number 12 spot in order to take Clemson’s, Deshaun Watson. In the process, Houston traded first round picks with the Browns this year, and also gave them their 2018 first round pick. It’s hard to argue with this decision since the Brock Osweiler experiment failed so miserably last season. Out of all the teams in the draft, the Texans arguably needed a quarterback most as they have a lot of other pieces in place and feel they are ready to win now.
The fact of the matter is that teams often over value quarterbacks and give up more than they need to. This certainly seems to be the case in 2017, but only time will tell. At least it makes for a great story line.