First-round picks come with lofty expectations, and fair or not, those big-ticket headliners are quickly ordained as franchise cornerstones. But highly drafted prospects don’t always pan out―the odds a first-rounder turns into an above-average player is more or less a coin flip―and a few former day-one picks head into 2020 in need of breakthrough performances. For these seven players, this season might be their last, best chance to find NFL success.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
After trading for Nick Foles and declining Trubisky’s fifth-year option, the Bears have sent a clear message to the former second overall pick: It’s time to sink or swim. Trubisky heads into 2020 in an all-out fight for the starting job; the team is calling it an open competition, but early Vegas odds (and the $21 million in guaranteed money on his contract) make Foles the heavy favorite.
It’s no mystery as to why.
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