Mitch Trubisky grew up dreaming of playing for his hometown Browns, and it just so happens that they had the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft and a chance to make that little Mentor, Ohio kid's dream come true. Instead, after some vigorous internal debate, the Browns opted for Myles Garrett, and the Bears -- knowing that the Browns liked Trubisky and had the ammo to move up to draft him -- traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 to land what many felt was the best quarterback in the draft. On Sunday in Chicago, Trubisky will have a chance to get revenge on the team that passed on him -- but that's not where his mind is at. "I don't think it will be emotional at all,'' he said on conference call Wednesday. "I'm an even-keeled player so I'm not going to get too high, not too low. Just another opportunity for me and my team to go out there, do what we do and try to come out with a win. No added pressure. It's not going to be emotional for me. I just want to go out there, do my job and enjoy playing the game of football." By the time the draft rolled around, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Browns would draft Garrett, whom the coaches felt would be a generational pass-rusher. So it didn't come as a huge shock to Trubisky when they overlooked him at No. 1. "I really wasn't sure about the whole process,'' he said. "I wasn't sure what their needs were or what they really thought of me as a quarterback. I knew that they needed one and they were potentially looking for one, but I didn't really go into it with any expectations. I just prayed that I'd end up in the right spot, and I thank God I did. I just love being here in Chicago and the opportunity I have in front of me now." It did briefly occur to Trubisky pre-draft that the Browns, who also had the No. 12 overall pick, could trade back up to get him. But they never got that chance. "I didn't really think anything,'' he said. "I thought anything could happen and if I was meant to be in Cleveland that they'd trade up and come get me, but I don't think they could get back into the No. 2 spot. Chicago was really interested so they made that move to come get me, and I was very excited about that.
Mitch Trubisky: It won't be 'emotional at all' to face hometown Browns who passed on him
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 22