3 Teams That Should Trade Up for the Bears' No. 1 Pick

Tyler Maher
Three teams that should trade up for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Three teams that should trade up for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Chicago Bears hold the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but it doesn't look like they're going to keep it.

According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Bears are apparently "leaning toward" trading the pick. This isn't too surprising, as Chicago already has a promising young quarterback in Justin Fields and could trade down for multiple picks to help build around him.

With Alabama's Bryce Young and Ohio State's CJ Stroud at the top of the draft board and several teams in need of a quarterback, multiple teams could use the Bears' pick to take a franchise QB. Here are three teams that should trade with Chicago for the No. 1 pick.

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3. Carolina Panthers

Quarterback has been a revolving door for Carolina in recent seasons as the team has gone through one quarterback after another. Various experiments with Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, P.J. Walker and Cam Newton have all failed to yield results, signaling that it's time for a change. The Panthers are clearly rebuilding after shipping out Christian McCaffrey and others last season, but trading up for a potential franchise quarterback would dramatically accelerate their timeline. They only missed the playoffs by one game last year and the NFC South looks up for grabs, so the time to strike is now. Stroud and Young will be long gone by the time Carolina picks at No. 9, making a trade necessary to land one of them.

2. Indianapolis Colts

After getting mixed results from veteran QBs such as Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan in recent years, it's time for the Colts to go in a new direction. They need to build around a young quarterback if they want to have sustained success and avoid a repeat of last year's fiasco, when they went 4-12-1 and head coach Frank Reich lost his job. With new head coach Shane Steichen at the helm and Jim Bob Cooter coming in as offensive coordinator, it feels like the perfect time for a reset under center as well. Indy also has an elite running back in Jonathan Taylor who can take some of the pressure off a rookie QB and open things up in the passing game through run-pass option or play action. Staying with the No. 4 pick is risky as both Young and Stroud could be gone by then, so the Colts should trade up if they want to avoid missing out on one of them.

1. Las Vegas Raiders

After parting ways with Derek Carr, Las Vegas absolutely has to find a new quarterback this offseason. While Davante Adams is doing his best to woo Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders will most likely have to go through the draft instead. They currently hold the seventh pick in the first round, but moving up to first would guarantee a shot at either Young or Stroud. The team is desperate for a new signal-caller after missing the playoffs last year and with Josh McDaniels already on the hot seat, expect Las Vegas to be aggressive this offseason, which could mean trading up in the draft.

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