On Thursday, former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The pick made Trubisky the first UNC quarterback to ever be selected in the first round and tied for the highest selection in school history, joining Ken Willard (1965), Lawrence Taylor (1981) and Julius Peppers (2002) as fellow No. 2 picks.
He is the 24th first-round pick in Tar Heel history — the ninth to be selected in the top 10 — and he is also the fourth first-round pick under current North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, alongside Eric Ebron (No. 10 in 2014), Sylvester Williams (No. 28 in 2013) and Jonathan Cooper (No. 7 in 2013).
Trubisky started all 13 games for the Tar Heels in the 2016 season after playing intermittently behind Marquise Williams in the two years prior. But in the redshirt junior’s first season as the starter, he sent shock waves through the football program, setting the UNC single-season records in passing yards (3,748), touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056).
Trubisky’s stellar season positioned him as one of the top quarterback choices after the Tar Heels’ bowl loss to Stanford in late December. And on Jan. 9, Trubisky announced he would forgo his senior year at UNC to enter the NFL Draft.