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Huge trade a gift that keeps on giving for Bears

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The blockbuster trade that general manager Ryan Poles made with the Panthers last March paid major dividends in 2023 and will continue to benefit the Bears in 2024 and beyond.

The Bears sent the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft to Carolina in exchange for receiver DJ Moore and selections in the first (No. 9) and second rounds (No. 61) in 2023, a 2024 first-round choice that turned out to be the No. 1 overall pick and a 2025 second-round selection.

The Panthers chose quarterback Bryce Young at No. 1.

The Bears traded down a second time in the first round, from No. 9 to 10, taking right tackle Darnell Wright and acquiring a 2024 fourth-round choice from the Eagles.

Philadelphia picked defensive tackle Jalen Carter at No. 9.

In the second round last year, the Bears dealt a fifth-round selection to the Jaguars to move up five spots from No. 61 and chose cornerback Tyrique Stevenson.

Jacksonville picked outside linebacker Yasir Abdullah in the fifth round (No. 136).

Here's a recap of the haul the Bears obtained in exchange for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft:

Receiver DJ Moore

The sixth-year pro surpassed even the highest expectations in his first season in Chicago, establishing career highs in all receiving categories with 96 catches for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns. The 1,364 yards were the sixth most in the NFL this season and the fourth most in Bears history.

Right tackle Darnell Wright

The 6-6, 333-pounder showed promise as a rookie while starting all 17 games, establishing himself as a core piece on offense.

Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson

Stevenson emerged as a playmaker against both the run and pass as a rookie, registering 86 tackles and two forced fumbles, tying for the team lead with four interceptions and topping the defense with 16 pass breakups. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week late in the season after recording two interceptions, five tackles and four pass breakups in a 37-17 win over the Falcons.

No. 1 overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft

2025 second-round selection