The Panthers have used up so much draft capital over the last couple of years trying to find a franchise QB. This time they plan to draft the best QB in the draft rather trading for QBs drafted high but washed out with their former teams. It kind of reminds me of when The Don signed many former first round picks in free agency in his last season (they were available for a reason), and then everyone anointed the Dolphins the team to beat. We know how that turned out. They usually do not turn into Geno Smith.
NBC Sports Edge wrote:
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers acquired the No. 1 overall pick from the Bears in exchange for D.J. Moore, the No. 9 overall pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2024 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick.https://www.nbcsportsedge.com/football/ ... rank-reich
The move gives Frank Reich the chance to handpick the next face of Carolina's franchise. He was a sound offensive coach in Indianaoplis but never figured out the most position in football, cycling through Jacoby Brissett, Phillip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and Matt Ryan following Andrew Luck's retirement. Most draft pundits have Alabama's Bryce Young as the top quarterback prospect in the draft, but Ohio State's C.J. Stroud and Florida's Anthony Richardson will be options for the Panthers. For Chicago, the move fills their extreme need at receiver and allows them to add more talent on either side of the ball. Already having found their future at quarterback with Justin Fields, they had no reason to stay put at the top of the draft.