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Bears trade back from No. 1 with Panthers for a haul in new mock draft

The Chicago Bears are gearing up for an important 2023 offseason, where they are projected to have over $100 million in salary cap space and the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

There’s no shortage of options for the bears with regards to top picks, most of which involve making trades with multiple potential buyers. The Colts have been the most popular option, given their need for a quarterback and the allure of Chicago staying inside the top four even after trading back.

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But the Panthers are another team that would make sense if Poles is okay with trading outside the top four. Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports has the Bears trading Carolina with Carolina in his latest mock draft, where Chicago is still ranked in the top 10. Not to mention, the compensation from the Panthers is impressive.

In exchange for trading Carolina up to No. 1, the Bears receive the ninth overall pick, two second-round picks, along with 2024 first- and third-round picks, a second-round pick in 2025 and wide receiver Lavisca Chenault.

With the No. 9 pick, Chicago selected Clemson defensive tackle Brian Bracey, filling a huge unmet need for the three-technique, one of the most important positions in Matt Eberflus’ defense.

Bresee is a strange specimen who can disrupt from the front from any position. That’s exactly the type of thing Bear desperately needs. In a trade back, Chicago landed this pick from Carolina along with two 2023 second-round selections, first-round and third-round picks in 2024, a 2025 second-round pick, and Lavisca Chenault.

Sure, Chicago wouldn’t land Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. or Georgia defensive back Jalen Carter in this scenario,


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