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The Bears and Panthers trade rocked the NFL Draft, but more moves are expected

The Panthers made a big play to move into the top draft spot, but rumors are they aren’t done.

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Friday the NFL world was rocked by a huge trade between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears for the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Bears, who possessed the top pick in the draft, sent that pick to Carolina for the following:

  • Pick No. 9 in the 2023 draft
  • Pick No. 26 in the 2023 draft
  • 2024 1st Round pick
  • 2025 2nd Round pick
  • Wide Receiver DJ Moore

This from ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Many among the NFL landscape were ecstatic with the trade, and thought it was a brilliant move for both organizations. However, shortly after the news broke, whispers began regarding the Panthers, who now possess the top pick, could be willing continue to wheel and deal to obtain some of their draft capital back.

This per Dov Kleiman:

The Bears received a haul for the top pick, and after having to give up the 32nd pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Chase Claypool trade they needed the picks. However, the Panthers, with Frank Reich at the helm, could be in a good position to take advantage of a team who is in love with one of the top prospects, mainly a quarterback.

As an example, if the Panthers like both Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud, they could be willing to move back in the draft to still get one of the two quarterbacks. Would the Houston Texans want to pony up draft capital to ensure they get the player they desire? It’s a risk, but now, as Kleiman talks about in his report, the Panthers own the top pick.

There is value in that, regardless of what you think about the initial trade.

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