Browns make DE Garrett top pick, Bears bag QB Trubisky
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[April 28, 2017]
(Reuters) - The Cleveland Browns
selected defensive end Myles Garrett with the first pick of the
National Football League Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday before
the Chicago Bears made a stunning call by trading up for quarterback
The Bears, slated to draft third behind the 49ers, sent three other
picks to San Francisco to swap first-round places and leapfrog them
to select the North Carolina quarterback.
While Trubisky comes with some question marks due to inexperience,
Garrett was the consensus top player available in this year's draft
of the best U.S. college football players.
The 21-year-old Garrett, who played for Texas A&M and is considered
an elite edge rusher with rare explosiveness, joins a Browns team
that went a league-worst 1-15 last season.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement after being
showered with boos during his welcome words for the estimated 70,000
that packed the road stretching from the main stage in an open-air
theater built on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Garrett, who has drawn comparisons to longtime NFL standout Julius
Peppers, had 11.5 sacks as a freshman and the next season was a
finalist for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as college football’s
top defender with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Despite a knee injury early in 2016, Garrett still registered 15
tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 11 games.
The first big surprise of the night did not take long as the Bears
handed the Niners their third-round pick (67th overall) and
fourth-round choice and Chicago's third-rounder next year to
guarantee they could add Trubisky to their roster.
"I didn't see it coming at all, it's been a mystery," Trubisky told
NFL Network. "I'm so happy to be a Chicago Bear."
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Mitchell Trubisky (North
Carolina) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) as he is
selected as the number 2 overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the
first round the 2017 NFL Draft at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bill
Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Trubisky made only 13 career starts at North Carolina, throwing 41
touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his college career.
The 49ers then took defensive end Solomon Thomas, who played his
college career at nearby Stanford.
The Jacksonville Jaguars followed by claiming powerful running back
Leonard Fournette of LSU and the Tennessee Titans took wide receiver
Corey Davis from Western Michigan.
Another team eager for a quarterback produced the next big shock,
Kansas City Chiefs moving up 17 places in a deal with the Buffalo
Bills to take Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech with the 10th selection
of the round.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue/Peter
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