NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 7. 2020 Mitch Trubisky
This one is so surprising, we missed it on the first draft of this list. He was literally overlooked on the list of surprising Pro Bowl players. If that isn’t a metaphor, we don’t know what is. Mitch Trubisky was such a bad quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and the team traded up in the draft to get him when Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were still on the board. That’s why we have this picture on this slide. It is just another gut punch for the city of Chicago.
Trubisky replaced another member of this list, Jared Goff. Goff had to decline his invite because he was playing in the Super Bowl (all of that is still surprising). Trubisky had 3,200 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2018. It was just his second season in the league, and it was his first as the team’s starter. The Bears thought they could build off Trubisky’s performance.
It’s just over two years later, and Trubisky is playing as the backup for the Buffalo Bills, and the Bears have another rookie in Justin Fields as their starter. Trubisky is one of the biggest busts in recent memory for the amount that the Bears paid to get him and the players still on the board when they took him.
Trubisky will go down as one of the strangest Pro Bowlers. His stats were alright. He led the Bears to 12 wins, but none of it made sense. Now, he’s a backup, and his aspects as a starter are few and far between. Maybe he will lock on to a team looking for a spark that will eventually fight for the number-one overall pick, but his career as a difference-maker seems over before it started.