And … the Carolina Panthers are suddenly on the clock in the 2023 NFL Draft.
In a stunning move Friday, the Chicago Bears have decided to trade the first overall pick in the draft to the NFC South team. The Monsters of the Midway will receive WR D.J. Moore, the 2023 No. 9 overall pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a first-round selection in 2024, and a second in 2025.
The decision means Justin Fields is set in Chicago as the Bears’ quarterback and he gets a receiver in Moore, who was apparently caught off-guard by the move.
— DJ Moore💫 (@idjmoore) March 10, 2023
Moore had 63 catches in 2022 for the Panthers, down from 93 in 2021. There was, of course, quarterback chaos in Carolina last season.
The last time the Panthers had the first pick in the NFL draft was in 2011 when they chose Cam Newton.
New Panthers coach Frank Reich goes from a quarterback carousel of over-the-hill veterans in Indianapolis, which fired him last season, to working with a rookie if the Panthers use the selection Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, or any other QB in the draft mix.