Draft - Football Wiretap

Packers Won't Receive First-Round Pick After Aaron Rodgers' Injury

Sep 13, 2023 8:08 AM

The Green Bay Packers have taken a hit as a result of the Aaron Rodgers' injury.

Rodgers will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an Achilles injury on the fourth play of his debut with the New York Jets.

As a result, the Jets will now send the Packers a 2024 second-round pick instead of a first-round pick, since Rodgers will fail to play in 65% of the Jets' offensive snaps this season.


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Tags: Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Draft, Misc Rumor

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

Sep 6, 2023 2:30 PM

Caleb Williams could return to USC in 2024 if he has concerns about the franchise that ends up with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“I’ve always been able to choose the team that I’ve played on,” Williams told GQ. “And then everything’s been scheduled for me. I’ve had a plan for treatment, I’ve had a plan for workouts, I’ve had a plan for eating, I’ve had a plan for nutrition and things like that. Vitamins. A lot of shrimp and chicken breasts and fish. But now, going into this next part of my career, it’s weird ’cause it’s so uncertain. You don’t know anything. You can’t control anything but you and how you act. That’s honestly the weirdest part for me, is the uncertainty.”

Williams won the Heisman Trophy last season and is the favorite to win again in 2023.

“The funky thing about the NFL draft process is, he’d almost be better off not being drafted than being drafted first. The system is completely backwards,” Williams' father, Carl Williams, told GQ. “The way the system is constructed, you go to the worst possible situation. The worst possible team, the worst organization in the league—because of their desire for parity—gets the first pick. So it’s the gift and the curse. I mean, I’ve talked to Archie Manning—his career was shot because he went to a horrible organization. I’ve talked to Lincoln [Riley], and Kyler [Murray] struggled because of where he was drafted. Baker [Mayfield] struggled mightily because of where he was drafted. The organizations matter.” And there’s a break-in-case-of-emergency option that Carl is keeping in mind. “He’s got two shots at the apple,” he says. “So if there’s not a good situation, the truth is, he can come back to school.”

Sam Schube/GQ

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Aidan Hutchinson 'Thankful' Jaguars Passed On Him

Aug 18, 2023 8:29 AM

Aidan Hutchinson, who is heading into his second season with the Detroit Lions, is grateful the Jacksonville Jaguars passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2022.

Jacksonville drafted Travon Walker instead, with Hutchinson going No. 2 to his hometown Lions.

"I'm happy here," Hutchinson said. "Very thankful. Very thankful. I mean, it all worked out. It was divine timing. The way things went were the way things were supposed to go."


Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Draft, Misc Rumor

No Players Selected In NFL's Supplemental Draft

Jul 12, 2023 9:34 AM

There were no players selected in the NFL's supplemental draft on Tuesday.

There were two eligible players for the draft -- Jackson State wide receiver Malachi Wideman and Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright.

It was the first time in three years the NFL had conducted a supplemental draft.

The last time a team selected a player in the supplemental draft was in 2019, when the Arizona Cardinals took safety Jalen Thompson with a fifth-round selection.

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

Jul 6, 2023 9:56 AM

Only two players will be available when the 2023 NFL Supplemental Draft takes place on Tuesday, July 11.

Jackson State wide receiver Malachi Wideman and Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright have officially been granted eligibility.

If a team uses a supplemental draft pick on Wideman or Wright, that team gives up its corresponding pick in the regular 2024 draft. 

This will be the NFL’s first supplemental draft since 2019.

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Texans Owner Says He Didn't Force C.J. Stroud Pick

May 9, 2023 8:43 AM

Houston Texans owner Cal McNair says that neither he nor his wife, Hannah, forced his team's front office to draft Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud.

"Hannah and I don't make the picks. We'll make it clear there," McNair said during the 20th annual Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic.

"We have a great group of scouts led by Nick [Caserio] and James Lippert, and they did a lot of work on the draft board, and then they followed that on draft day, and they moved up when they saw the value was there and moved back."

There was speculation that the McNairs forced Caserio, the team's general manager, and coach DeMeco Ryans to select a quarterback since the Texans' quarterbacks posted the worst QBR in the NFL last season.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Draft, Misc Rumor

Two USC Students Arrested In Jersey Thefts At NFL Draft

May 5, 2023 9:19 AM

The Kansas City Police Department has arrested two USC journalism students for the theft of more than $1,000 worth of first-round draft pick jerseys, according to a report.

The pair worked for the student-run multiplatform news outlet known as Annenberg Media, which operates under the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The NFL reported a San Francisco 49ers jersey, a Dallas Cowboys jersey and a Minnesota Vikings jersey missing. All had the number 1 printed on the back but with no player names.

Police recovered the Cowboys and 49ers jerseys in a search of the students' baggage after arresting them as they boarded a plane back to Los Angeles.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Draft, Legal, Misc Rumor

Report: Giants Tried Trading Up For Zay Flowers

May 2, 2023 8:28 AM

The New York Giants tried to trade up to draft a wide receiver in last weekend's NFL Draft, according to a report.

The Giants were actively trying to acquire a pick that would net them Boston College star Zay Flowers, the report states.

New York held the No. 24 pick and was ultimately unable to find a deal for them to move up and take Flowers, who went No. 22 to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Giants ended up taking Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks with the 24th pick after a run on receivers from picks 20-23.

Dan Duggan/The Athletic

Tags: New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Teams Set Record With 43 Trades During 2023 Draft

May 1, 2023 8:33 AM

A record 43 trades were made during the 2023 NFL Draft, breaking the mark (40) set back in 2019.

There were six trades made on the clock in Thursday's first round alone.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Deion Sanders 'Ashamed' After Only One HBCU Played Drafted

May 1, 2023 8:29 AM

Deion Sanders tweeted Saturday that he is "ashamed" of 31 NFL teams after Isaiah Bolden was the lone HBCU player drafted this year.

Bolden, a cornerback and returner for Jackson State, was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round.

Sanders, now the coach at Colorado, coached Bolden at Jackson State.

"So proud is you @isaiahbolden23 You deserved to be drafted much higher but I'm truly proud of u," Sanders wrote on Twitter. "I know how much u want this. I'm ashamed of the 31 other @nfl teams that couldn't find draft value in ALL of the talented HBCU players & we had 3 more draft worthy players at JSU."

Four HBCU players were selected in last year's NFL draft.


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Report: Some Teams Concerned About Will Levis Toe Injury

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Bills Move Up To 25th Pick, Take TE Dalton Kincaid

RealGM Staff Report

Giants Draft CB Deonte Banks After Trading Up To 24th Pick

RealGM Staff Report

Steelers Trade Up To No. 14 With Patriots

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Eagles Trade With Bears For 9th Pick, Take Jalen Carter

RealGM Staff Report

Cardinals Trade Up To No. 6, Draft OT Paris Johnson

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Texans Trade Up To Third Pick In Deal With Cardinals

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Eagles, Cardinals Settle Tampering Investigation With Pick Swap

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Frank Reich: Panthers Have 'Consensus' On No.1 Pick

Cameron Wolfe/NFL Network

Lions 'Felt Better About' Jalen Carter After Visit

Eric Woodyard/ESPN

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

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

NFL Announces 17 Players That Will Attend Draft

Jordan Dajani/CBS Sports

Executive: Stetson Bennett Could Go Undrafted


Bears On Trading No. 1 Pick: Panthers 'Wanted To Control The Draft'

Kevin Patra/NFL

Colts 'Focused' On Draft, Mum On Lamar Jackson

Stephen Holder/ESPN

Louisiana WR Injured In Car Accident Ahead Of Draft


C.J. Stroud Scheduled To Visit Colts, Lions This Week

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Report: Multiple Teams Have Just One WR With First Round Grade

Jordan Dajani/CBS Sports

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

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Panthers Hosting Bryce Young For Visit On Tuesday

Kevin Patra/NFL