The 2023 NFL Draft is officially on the books, and this year’s edition featured the most trades in history.
The Houston Texans held the second overall pick this year and started the flurry of trades in a big way. The Texans reached a trade with the Arizona Cardinals to secure back-to-back picks in the top of the first round.
After drafting CJ Stroud with the second pick, Houston then selected former Alabama standout running back Will Anderson Jr. with the third overall pick.
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As the three-day draft came to a close, a record number of players and picks were traded. The teams executed 43 trades.
The previous record was 40 exchanges in 2019.
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Before the draft began, the Panthers made a successful trade with the Chicago Bears to acquire the first overall pick.
Carolina sent multiple first- and second-round picks to Chicago in addition to wide receiver DJ Moore to move to the top of the draft.
Six trades were featured Thursday night during the opening round.
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On Friday, the Titans made another trade when they sent picks No. 41 and No. 72 and a future third-round pick to the Cardinals for pick No. 33.
Tennessee used that pick for Kentucky quarterback Will Levis.
The Cardinals now have 11 picks in next year’s draft.
The Bills and Texans made the record trade on day 41 of the draft as Houston moved up to the No. 205 pick. The Texans selected Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson at No. 205.
The Eagles have now drafted five Georgia Bulldogs in the last two years. The team added a sixth Bulldog to its roster when it acquired running back D’Andre Swift from the Lions in a trade.
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The Ravens and Browns clinched the final trade of the draft when Baltimore moved up to No. 229 in exchange for a future sixth round pick. The Ravens selected USC tackle Andrew Vorhees at No. 229.