3 teams that Panthers could target for 2023 NFL Draft trade-up

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Carolina Panthers could trade with the Bears

This is the costliest trade partner by a considerable margin. But one that would guarantee the Carolina Panthers get their pick of the quarterback litter.

A dismal end to the 2022 season saw the Chicago Bears land the No. 1 overall selection. However, general manager Ryan Poles placed his confidence in quarterback Justin Fields after the signal-caller demonstrated impressive growth with a sub-par supporting cast last time around.

Poles will know what the lay of the land is after the NFL Scouting Combine. The front office figure also stated if the Bears were to move out of No. 1 overall, they’d like something sorted out before free agency gets underway.

"“There are some scenarios that might benefit us to move before free agency opens, potentially. But, again, when we get back with all the information that we’ve gathered from here, I think we’ll have a better direction.”"

Carolina’s potential package to move up would cost No. 9 overall, a second-rounder, and next year’s first for good measure. And that might be the starting point.

This has been the subject of fierce debate among the fanbase. But if the Panthers truly believe they can get a franchise quarterback and have to give up next year’s first-round pick to secure him, so what?

It’s also worth remembering that this is a tremendous landing spot for any rookie. Carolina’s first-class coaching staff can nurture them to greatness, so Scott Fitterer must shoot his shot this spring.

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