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Shedeur Sanders Emerges As Favorite To Go No. 1 In 2025 NFL Draft

Apr 29, 2024 3:34 PM

Shedeur Sanders is the early betting favorite to be the top pick in the 2025 NFL draft at +100. Quinn Ewers and Carson Beck are tied for second at +300.

Sanders completed 69.3 percent of his passes with a 27-3 touchdown to interception rate in his first season at Colorado.

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Eagles Trade Up To Select Cooper DeJean

Apr 26, 2024 9:13 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles moved up in the second round to select Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean. 

The Eagles traded both of their second-round picks - Nos. 50 and 53 - along with a fifth-round pick to the Washington Commanders for picks 40 and 78.

DeJean was a projected first round pick, but was still available at No. 40.

DeJean totaled seven interceptions and 13 passes defensed over the past two seasons for Iowa while also making an impact as a punt returner.

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Chargers Received Trade Calls On Justin Herbert From Pats, Vikings

Apr 26, 2024 12:20 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers received trade inquiries on Justin Herbert from the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.

Chargers general manager Joe Hortiz confirmed Thursday that he fielded inquiries about Herbert but did not specify which teams contacted him, adding "they were quickly shot down."

"Justin who?" Hortiz said with a smile. "No. No, at the combine I had some people ask me would we consider it, and they were quickly shot down. No, that is never an option."

The Chargers would have had to take on a $63.5 million salary cap charge for 2024 if they traded Herbert. The Chargers signed Herbert last July to a five-year, $262.5 million extension that included $133.7 million in full guarantees and $193.7 million in injury guarantees.

New England selected Drake Maye at No. 3, while the Vikings picked J.J. McCarthy at No. 10. 

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Kirk Cousins Frustrated, Confused By Falcons Drafting Michael Penix

Apr 26, 2024 12:12 AM

Kirk Cousins was amongst the observers stunned by the decision by the Atlanta Falcons to spend a first round pick on quarterback Michael Penix Jr. out of Washington. 

The Falcons made the pick despite signing Cousins to a four-year, $180 million contract last month in free agency.

Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, told ESPN's Pete Thamel that the Falcons only notified the QB that they'd pick Penix while the team was on the clock. McCartney said there is frustration and confusion coming from Cousins' camp because Atlanta did not use its first-round pick to make the team better in 2024.

Penix, himself, said he was surprised when he got the call telling him he was the pick.

"I'm not going to say I knew it was coming," Penix said. "But I knew once the phone call came through."

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2024 NFL Draft: Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye Go 1-3

Apr 25, 2024 9:48 PM

The Chicago Bears led off the 2024 NFL Draft by selecting Caleb Williams out of USC as expected with the Washington Commanders taking Jayden Daniels at No. 2 and the New England Patriots also taking a quarterback at No. 3 in Drake Maye.

There were a NFL draft record 23 offensive players selected in the first round:

• Six Quarterbacks

• Seven Wide Receivers

• Nine Offensive Linemen

• One Tight End

2024 NFL Draft Results (First Round)

1. Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

2. Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

3. New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

4. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

5. Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

7. Tennessee Titans: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

8. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odense, WR, Washington

10. Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

11. New York Jets: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

12. Denver Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

13. Las Vegas Raiders: Brock Browers, TE, Georgia

14. New Orleans Saints: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

15. Indianapolis Colts: Laiatu Latu, Edge, UCLA

16. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

17. Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

18. Cincinnati Bengals: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

19. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Verse, Edge, Florida State

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington

21. Miami Dolphins: Chop Robinson, Edge, Penn State

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

23. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

24. Detroit Lions: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

25. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Graham Barton, C, Duke

27. Arizona Cardinals: Darius Robinson, Edge, Missouri

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

29. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

30. Baltimore Ravens: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

31. San Francisco 49ers: Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida

32. Carolina Panthers: Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

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Vikings Trade Up To No. 10, Select J.J. McCarthy

Apr 25, 2024 9:28 PM

The Minnesota Vikings traded up to No. 10 with the New York Jets to select J.J. McCarthy.

The Vikings sent the No. 11 pick as well as a fourth rounder and a fifth rounder for No. 10 and the No. 203 pick.

McCarthy was the fifth quarterback selected Thursday night, following Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and Michael Penix Jr.


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Patriots Open To Trading Out Of No. 3

Apr 18, 2024 1:23 PM

The New England Patriots are open to trading the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL draft, but are also comfortable keeping the selection for a quarterback. 

Eliot Wolf described trade discussions with other teams as "ongoing" while adding: "We have some holes we feel like we need to fill in the draft. We're a draft-and-develop team; the more picks we have, the better."

The Patriots enter next week's draft with eight total selections, headlined by the No. 3 pick and selections at the top of the second (No. 34) and third (68) rounds. 

Caleb Williams is expected to go No. 1 to the Chicago Bears, while the Washington Commanders are widely expected to pick Jayden Daniels at No. 2. The Patriots could consider Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy or Michael Penix Jr. at No. 3.

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Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye To Attend NFL Draft

Apr 11, 2024 7:57 PM

Three quarterbacks -- Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye -- are among the 13 players who have accepted invitations to be in attendance at the NFL draft in Detroit, it was announced Thursday.

USC's Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, is the presumptive No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bears when the draft kicks off the first of three days on April 25 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC).


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QBs On Rookie Contracts Has Vastly Changed How Teams Approach Draft

Apr 4, 2024 1:47 PM

When the NFL changed its collective bargaining agreement in 2011 to give first round picks a contract slot based on when they were selected, drafting quarterbacks became a more valuable proposition.

From 1993 to 2010, teams used an average of 8.5 percent of their overall capital in a typical draft by the Jimmy Johnson chart on quarterbacks. Since 2011, that mark has risen to 10.9 percent, a jump of more than 28 percent.

If the New England Patriots select a quarterback at No. 3, they will automatically sign that player to a four-year, $35.8 million deal, or just under $9 million per year.

With the veteran average annual value at quarterback at $46.36 million, the required hit rate of drafting that quarterback at No. 3 would only need to be at 19.3 percent. If the Patriots believe Drake Maye has a 20 percent chance of turning into an NFL-caliber starting quarterback, they would be justified taking him with their pick.

The next positions on the list are edge rusher and wide receiver, which would require a 40.4 percent and 41.8 percent hit rate, respectively.

Linebacker, running back and center would each require a hit rate of more than 80 percent.

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Vikings Acquire No. 23 Overall Pick From Texans For Two 2nds

Mar 15, 2024 10:07 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have acquired the No. 23 overall pick from the Houston Texans in the 2024 NFL draft.

The Vikings sent No. 42, No. 188 and a second rounder in 2025 to acquire No. 23 and No. 232.

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Bears Want To Move 'As Quickly As Possible' On Justin Fields' Decision

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Kyle Shanahan Had Fourth Round Grade On Brock Purdy At Draft

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Caleb Williams Declares For 2024 NFL Draft

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Marvin Harrison Jr. Declares For 2024 NFL Draft

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Bears Clinch No. 1 Pick In 2024 NFL Draft

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Caleb Williams Could Stay At USC In 2024 Depending On Draft Order

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NFL Supplemental Draft Set For July 11, With Two Players Eligible

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Lions 'Felt Better About' Jalen Carter After Visit

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Panthers Haven't Told Bryce Young He's Their Pick At No. 1

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Cardinals Receive Interest In 3rd Overall Pick From At Least Six Teams

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Jalen Carter Will Only Visit Teams Picking In Top-10


Panthers Acquire No. 1 Overall Pick From Bears

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Florida's QB Anthony Richardson Sets NFL Combine Records


Jalen Carter Charged With Reckless Driving, Racing In Fatal Crash


Caleb Williams Most Interested In Playing For Dolphins

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Brock Purdy Jumps To No. 4 In ESPN's 2022 Redraft, Sauce Gardner No. 1

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C.J. Stroud Leaves Ohio State For 2023 NFL Draft


Bears Secure No. 1 Overall Pick With Loss To Vikings, Win By Texans

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Bryce Young, Will Anderson Jr., Jahmyr Gibbs Leave Alabama For Draft

Michael Mayer Declares For 2023 NFL Draft

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