Chicago Bears potential rumored draft partners: The Carolina Panthers
The draft was made far more interesting the moment Sam Darnold was traded to the Carolina Panthers. First of all, it cemented the fact that the New York Jets were keeping their no. 2 pick and likely going to draft BYU’s Zach Wilson. Second, it also cemented the Panthers as a team to not worry about when it comes to drafting a quarterback.
The Panthers now have both Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater. The latter could be moved either during the draft or immediately afterwards. They don’t need a quarterback, however there’s one can’t-miss player for them at no. 8 if they stay: Pitts.
If they indeed trade down, the Bears are an excellent candidate to move up.
At the eighth overall pick, we will surely have seen four quarterbacks get drafted, along with probably Pitts and Sewell. The seventh player off the board is where things get interesting. Who could it be?
If the Bears trade up to the no. 8 pick, it’s undoubtedly for a quarterback. There’s no other player they should move that high up for at this stage in the game. If it’s not a quarterback, then Pace shouldn’t even try.
To move up to eight and get a quarterback, it will more than likely cost the Bears their no. 20 pick, next year’s first rounder, and a couple of mid-round picks. If it means getting a franchise quarterback, then it’s all worth the trade. If the Bears think they need to move up even higher, they might have yet one more potential trade partner.