Panthers Trade Up For No. 1 Overall Pick In NFL Draft

AP Sources: Panthers acquire top overall pick in NFL draft, trade WR D.J. Moore and multiple draft picks to Chicago Bears
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Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore arrives for an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are on the clock.

The Panthers have traded up to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the draft from the Chicago Bears in exchange for Carolina’s No. 9 and No. 61 overall picks in 2023, a first-round pick in 2024, a second-round pick in 2025 and star wide receiver D.J. Moore, two people familiar with the deal said Friday.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The move allows the Panthers to acquire a potential franchise quarterback, although it remains unclear which player the team prefers. The Bears are committed to Justin Fields at quarterback and that gave them leverage to trade down.