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NFL Draft rumors 2024: Tracking the latest leaks, news, trade buzz before Round 1 | Sporting News United Kingdom

The NFL Draft is one of sports’ greatest poker games.

It’s all about which teams can keep their cards close to their chest, win with a bad hand, and keep the opposition guessing. When the time is right, the best teams know when to push all their chips to the middle of the table.

No team can get by on being completely honest, especially when the other 31 are also searching for the next big star. 

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As we count down to the Chicago Bears officially being on the clock, the leaky faucet will be wide open, and sifting fact from fiction might as well be impossible.

How many quarterbacks land inside the top 10? Is the first round really going to be offense-heavy? Which teams are trading up and which ones can’t wait to trade back? 

So many questions, so few answers. Soon enough, we’ll learn what was true and what wasn’t. Until then, Sporting News is rounding up all the latest and greatest buzz, rumors, and more ahead of Thursday night’s Round 1 in Detroit.

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2024 NFL Draft rumors

Maye think he ‘has an idea’ of where he is going in 2024 NFL Draft

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: Dan Patrick, Premiere Radio Networks

Maye made an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. The UNC product said he “wished” he knew what team was going to select him, but he did divulge that he “has an idea” of where he’ll end up. 

Drake Maye made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show and was asked if he already knew who is going to draft him and if he liked cold weather.

Maye:
“I wish I did and I wish it was that easy. I think I’ll know once I hear that phone ring.”

Patrick:
“But, do you— do you have an… pic.twitter.com/FlTDrWtEi2

— Carlos Talks Pats (@LosTalksPats) April 24, 2024

Jayden Daniels denies report that he doesn’t want to play for Commanders

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: Jayden Daniels himself

Daniels told reporters at Wednesday’s “Play Football” event with Special Olympics athletes that he would be happy to play for whatever franchise drafts him.

Daniels expressed that his “dream scenario” would be for the Raiders or Vikings to draft him, but cleared up rumors that he does not want to play for the Commanders.

“I’m blessed to go wherever I’m called,” Daniels said. “Whoever calls my phone, [when the] commissioner gets up and says my name, I’ll be blessed, and they’re going to get my all.”

Could the Falcons go with a QB at No. 8?

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler

The Falcons spent big at the QB position this offseason, signing Kirk Cousins to a monster four-year, $180 million contract. However, there’s a chance Atlanta uses the No. 8 pick to select a QB at the 2024 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler. While Atlanta has been mostly tied to defensive prospects like Alabama’s Dallas Turner at that spot, there is an outside chance the Falcons use the pick to bring in a QB to backup Cousins. 

If Patriots trade down, expect them to move back up

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: The Athletic’s Dianna Russini

There has been plenty of trade buzz surrounding the Patriots at No. 3. New England has made it clear it is open to hearing offers, but are going to have to be wowed in order to trade down. With that said, if the Patriots go get a godfather offer for No. 3 and trade down, expect them to then move back up, according to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini. 

Michael Penix’s stock is on the rise

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: The Athletic’s Dianna Russini

The assumed top four quarterbacks for 2024 has consistently been viewed as Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy, but Michael Penix could potentially find himself in that conversation. One GM told Dianna Russini that the Washington QB is “the best-kept secret in this draft” and could find himself taken on Day 1. 

Jayden Daniels’ ‘dream scenario’ is going to Raiders or Vikings

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Source: The Athletic’s Dianna Russini

Jayden Daniels has been tied mostly to the Commanders, who own the No. 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. However, if the LSU QB had it his way, he would not be heading to the nation’s capital, but rather Las Vegas or Minnesota. His “dream scenario” for the NFL would be reuniting with Antonio PIerce on the Raiders, who was with Daniels during their shared time at Arizona State, or to play under Kevin O’Connell with the Vikings, according to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini. 

Teams believe Vikings would prefer Drake Maye to J.J. McCarthy at No. 3

  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Source: ESPN’s Adam Schefter

The Vikings are expected to be the biggest players for J.J. McCarthy in the 2024 NFL Draft, as they are targeting a trade-up from No. 11 to find a Kirk Cousins replacement. That said, if they can somehow get to the No. 3 pick, some teams believe they would prefer to land Drake Maye, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Vikings quarterbacks coach Josh McCown coached Maye when he was in high school. That familiarity, plus Maye’s immense upside, would make him an ideal fit in Minnesota. If the Patriots are willing to trade down, the Vikings may be willing to pay just a bit extra to get Maye over the Michigan product.

Patriots could trade down — and then back up — for QB

  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Source: ESPN’s Adam Schefter

The Patriots are widely expected to take a quarterback at No. 3 overall, but they could still trade down, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

“It would take a big offer for New England to move off that spot knowing it needs to come out of Round 1 with a quarterback, but the team has listened,” Schefter writes. “And the Vikings, among others, have attempted to move up.”

If the Patriots do accept an offer, however, they may be interested in trading back up for J.J. McCarthy. Whether they could pull that off and retain enough draft capital from a trade remains to be seen, but it is nonetheless a situation to watch early in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Jayden Daniels favored to be Commanders pick at No. 2

  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Source: ESPN’s Adam Schefter

The Commanders are still going through the process of establishing who will be the No. 2 selection behind Caleb Williams, by “Daniels is the favorite to be its pick,” per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Daniels has long been connected to Washington and Brian Kelly even dropped a hint that the Commanders would select the Heisman Trophy winner at the 2024 NFL Combine.

Cardinals waiting to deal No. 4 pick until draft night

  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Source: ESPN’s Adam Schefter

The Cardinals are considering trading down from the No. 4 overall pick if the right deal becomes available to them, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that no trade will be finalized until Arizona is actually on the clock.

“[Monti] Ossenfort has told teams around the league that have inquired about trading up that he wants to wait until he is in position to pick before agreeing to any trade,” Schefter writes.

That won’t stop the Cardinals from listening to offers and assessing what they can get in a potential trade-down. However, they may not be able to maximize their options until they know which quarterback is available. Thus, waiting seems like a smart move for the Cardinals.

Michael Penix Jr. to Falcons?

  • Date: Sunday, April 21
  • Source: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler

After reports indicated that Penix is rising up draft boards, this link to the Falcons would represent a meteoric rise to No. 8. During an appearance on “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says that it may be “too rich,” adding that a pass-rusher would be a safer pick. The Falcons entire contingent did meet with Penix, however, fueling the fires. If the Falcons want to secure the services of Penix, they likely won’t have the luxury of taking him on Day 2 anymore, making this first- round selection an intriguing turning point in Round 1. 

Jets could be leaning WR in Round 1

  • Date: Sunday, April 22
  • Source: ESPN’s Rich Cimini

The Brock Bowers hype has picked up in recent weeks, and while the Jets are still the favorite to select the former Georgia TE, it’s not a given, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Bowers is certainly the leader in the clubhouse for the Jets at 10, but if Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze fall, the Jets might go the WR route. The team also reportedly hasn’t ruled out OT at No. 10, but Bowers certainly has the advantage right now. 

Patriots ‘likely’ staying at 3

  • Date: Sunday, April 21
  • Source: ESPN’s Mike Reiss

While the Patriots are “open for business,” according to the team’s de facto GM Eliot Wolf, Reiss says his sources indicate the likeliest outcome is New England making their pick at No. 3. The Patriots won’t trade unless they get an offer they can’t refuse, so expect the team to walk away from night one with Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy as their QB of the future. 

Michael Penix Jr. draft stock rising

  • Date: Saturday, April 20
  • Source: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler

In an appearance on “SportsCenter,” Fowler said that the former Washington QB is believed to go in Round 1, according to multiple teams he spoke with. He said that teams are comfortable with the medical issues surrounding Penix, and he’s has been linked to the Raiders in what could be a first round that features six QBs.

Vikings looking to trade up

  • Date: Thursday, April 18
  • Source: ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin

“They have been on the phone trying to actively move up,” Martin said on ESPN’s “Get Up. “In a perfect world, the Vikings would start Thursday with that top-five pick already in hand, but it’s not guaranteed yet, and their GM has to decide if they’re going to give up the kind of compensation that they need to get into the top five.”

It’s no secret that the Vikings would like to land the services of a top quarterback in this year’s draft following the departure of Kirk Cousins, but it does take two to tango. Depending on how high they go could tell us which player they’re targeting, though most rumors point toward J.J. McCarthy.