Bears trade back with Panthers, land offensive playmaker in new mock draft

The Bears should have no shortage of suitors for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL draft.

While the Colts and Texans have emerged as early favorites for a potential trade partner,

there are a good number of teams inside the top-10 that would love to move up to the top spot.

Case in point, the Panthers, who are looking to “draft and develop” a quarterback, even if they have to give up capital to move up and get him.

In a new mock draft from Pro Football Network, the Bears find a trade partner outside of the top-four in Carolina.

Chicago moves back eight spots in exchange for Carolina’s first- (No. 9), second- (No. 39)

and third-round (No. 61) selections in 2023, as well as first- and second-round picks in 2024.

With that ninth overall selection, the Bears land quarterback Justin Fields a playmaker in USC wide receiver Jordan Addison.

The most important aspect of this potential trade is the draft compensation,

as Chicago would be moving back eight spots. PFN has Carolina giving up two first-rounders,

 two second-rounders, and a third-round selection between the next two drafts.