Draft - Football Wiretap

Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen

Apr 30, 2019 4:28 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were not proactive in determining the trade market of Josh Rosen in advance of draft weekend.

The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks.

Some teams that would have been otherwise interested in Rosen didn't receive a call until after Murray was traded.

"I can't think of anyone who could have played this worse," said one of the executives. "EVERYONE knew they were taking Murray and you're drafting first overall. You have nothing to hide from anyone. They could have been quietly shopping Rosen for weeks at least."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17

Apr 30, 2019 1:53 PM

The New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall as Dave Gettleman fell in love with the Duke quarterback.

Gettleman wanted to control the draft process and limit knowledge of his draft plans internally as the franchise has been known for leaks. The Giants instead leaked to multiple media members that they liked Dwayne Haskins, but also wanted to draft defensive players with their first two picks.

There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

"There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks," said one plugged-in executive for an AFC team. "We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn't heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them." 

The Giants missed out on one of the premier defensive players that would available at No. 6 and instead selected Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

"The smart move is draft a pass-rusher [at No. 6] and then try to trade back up for the quarterback if you have to, but I still don't think they would have had to," said the same executive.

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Tags: New York Giants, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Mike Mayock Explains Decision To Send Scouts Home Days Before Draft

Apr 29, 2019 5:19 PM

Mike Mayock explained the Oakland Raiders' reason for sending all of their scouts home a few days before the draft, which he believes was clearly the right decision.

“I came in at an atypical time for a GM, in January, and we had a four-month run that might’ve been the most important in the history of the Oakland Raiders as far as a draft and free agency. We’ve been to one playoff game in 16 years. They’ve been doing things a certain way around here and it hasn’t worked. They bring me in in January and I inherit a group of scouts for four months. I was 100 percent transparent with them the first week I got here. I told every single scout that they might not like the fact that a media guy’s their boss, which they probably didn’t. I told them I knew I had to earn their respect, and I would. But they also had to earn my respect and they had four months to do it because all their contracts were up. I made the decision three weeks ago that when the scouts’ work was done in this building, I was gonna send most of them home. I told them, and 45 minutes later it was on Twitter. So the decision to send them home, in hindsight, was the right one.

“I’ve known for years there have been leaks out of this building. Al Davis had a phobia about it when he was in his prime. He was really good about keeping it from happening. My deal, the bottom line for me, is you’ve got to trust the guys you work with. To me, if you’re a good teammate, what goes on in this building stays in this building.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Draft, Draft Misc

Kliff Kingsbury Denies Insisting On Cardinals Selecting Kyler Murray

Apr 29, 2019 12:21 PM

Kliff Kingsbury was prepared to work with Josh Rosen had the Arizona Cardinals decided to draft Nick Bosa at No. 1 instead of Kyler Murray.

“I’d have said, ‘Let’s go to work,’ “ Kingsbury said. “That’s why I signed on here. I knew I was coming here to try and improve the offense. We were last in everything. Try to help Josh become a better player, more comfortable in the system, continue to build him. That was my job. If that was what we were going to do, that’s what I signed up for in the first place.”

Kingsburg was asked what was the biggest misconception about his role in Arizona's draft process.

“That I rolled here and was just like, ‘We’re taking Kyler Murray,’“ Kingsbury said. “First off … I don’t have that type of juice coming in the door. That wasn’t how it went down at all.”

Steve Keim was asked if he seriously considered keeping Rosen and not selecting the player Kingsbury preferred. 

“Absolutely,” Keim said. “That’s my job. All spring, your mind races with the different scenarios. At the end of the day, you had to look and say again, ‘What is really going to catapult us into being different?’ I’ve always been a visual guy and I’ve always had success evaluating quarterbacks when I trusted my instincts and my gut. I’ve missed on the guys that looked the part, smelled the part, you tried to invent and because all the things were connecting the dots. You scouted them and said, ‘Okay, they’re going to be a player because they look like this. I’m not saying that’s Josh Rosen. I’m saying I had my real success, guys I’ve loved that have been great NFL players, based on instinct.

“When I closed my eyes and I visualized Kyler Murray running around State Farm Stadium in red and white, for whatever reason, all I saw was just fireworks, excitement, a must-see [environment] where fans have to go and show up and see this thing. Him being the architect was a phenomenal fit for me.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Given Best Rookie Of The Year Odds

Apr 29, 2019 12:05 PM

2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year odds have been posted by SportsBetting.ag following last week's draft, not surprisingly headlined by Kyler Murray.

Kyler Murray 5/2 (+250)
Dwayne Haskins 7/1 (+700)
Josh Jacobs 9/1 (+900)
Marquise Brown 10/1 (+1000)
Mecole Hardman 10/1 (+1000)
Drew Lock 12/1 (+1200)
T.J. Hockenson 12/1 (+1200)
Deebo Samuel 16/1 (+1600)
N'Keal Harry 16/1 (+1600)
Daniel Jones 18/1 (+1800)
A.J. Brown 20/1 (+2000)
D.K. Metcalf 20/1 (+2000)
Noah Fant 20/1 (+2000)
Parris Campbell 20/1 (+2000)
JJ Arcega-Whiteside 25/1 (+2500)
Damien Harris 33/1 (+3300)
Darrell Henderson 33/1 (+3300)
Irv Smith Jr. 33/1 (+3300)
Will Grier 50/1 (+5000)

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Dolphins Won't Rule Out Taking QB In 2020 Draft Despite Josh Rosen

Apr 29, 2019 9:48 AM

The Miami Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen during draft weekend, but that doesn't mean they've ruled out selecting a quarterback in the draft next year.

Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are the probable best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Every team in the league is looking for that guy that’s going to lead them to championships,” Grier said. “And so for us, we’re in a position where we’re trying to find that guy, like a lot of teams in the league. So yeah, it was an easy decision. And it doesn’t stop us from doing anything in the future. Who knows? If things go well and we feel he’s the guy, who knows? But it doesn’t stop us from doing anything.”

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers

Apr 29, 2019 9:15 AM

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft had more than 11 million viewers.

The average audience for all three days of the draft on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network was 6.1 million viewers. The NFL announced an average viewership of 5.5 million last year.

In terms of total viewership, the NFL claims 47.5 million viewers over three days compared to 45.4 million last year.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Legal

Dave Gettleman: Two Teams Would Have Taken Daniel Jones By No. 17

Apr 29, 2019 8:21 AM

Dave Gettleman insists there were at least two teams that intended to draft Daniel Jones if the New York Giants had waited until the 17th pick of Thursday night's NFL draft.

The Giants, who had the sixth, 17th and 30th picks in the first round, took the quarterback at No. 6.

"I can say this to you guys right now. When we got in here Thursday night, the question was posed, 'Why didn't you wait until 17?'" Gettleman said. "Well, I know for a fact there were two teams that would have taken him in front of 17. I know that for a fact.

"So it's tough. It really is. It wasn't easy for me to pass up Josh Allen," he added, referring to the Kentucky linebacker who was selected at No. 7. "For me, my background, that was very, very difficult. But I think that much of Daniel Jones and his future as an NFL quarterback."

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Draft, Misc Rumor

Depth Of Draft Made It Easy For Colts To Trade Out Of First Round

Apr 26, 2019 8:21 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have three second-round picks to use on Friday night after trading out of the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

They traded the 26th pick to the Washington Redskins for the 46th pick this year and a 2020 second-rounder.

"I'm pretty patient, I don't panic – we don't panic," Chris Ballard said. "We stay true to what we're looking at on the board, and we make a decision."

Ballard said the decision to move out of the first round was easy because of how deep this year's class looks.

"Depth? That's why we made the move," he said. "We thought the ability of the three [second-round picks], that's the strength of how we had it lined up. ...

"I do not see the same depth that there was last year at the top of the draft. I think I told a couple of y'all this a few weeks ago where between 11, 12, 15, all the way to 70, I think it's a matter of flavor, who you like and who you want. We got good players last year at the start of the second round. We think we will do it again."

Indianapolis Star

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Washington Trades Up To Use No. 26 Pick On Montez Sweat

Apr 25, 2019 11:19 PM

The Washington Redskins traded up with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night to use the 26th pick on Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat.

The Colts acquired the 46th overall pick and a second-rounder in 2020 from the Redskins.

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Eagles Acquire No. 22 Pick From Ravens, Pick Andre Dillard
To acquire the 22nd pick, the Eagles sent the 25th, 125th and 197th picks to the Ravens.

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Packers Draft Darnell Savage With Pick Acquired From Seahawks
In the deal, the Seahawks acquired the 30th pick and two fourth-round picks.

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Steelers Trade Up To Draft Devin Bush At No. 10
Pittsburgh acquired the pick in a draft-night trade with the Broncos.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

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Jets Expected To Trade Down From No. 3
The Jets could target an edge rusher or an offensive lineman if they trade down.

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Cardinals Make Decision On First Overall Selection
Quinnen Williams has received a call from Steve Keim that he's still a possibility to be selected first overall.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Steelers Could Attempt To Trade Into Top-10
The Steelers haven't historically been active moving up in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bruce Arians: 'You Draft For Need, You Get Fired'
Bruce Arians, who is heading into his first season as coach of the Buccaneers, believes that the best player available approach is the only one to take in the draft.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Washington Targeting Dwayne Haskins In Draft
Washington's quarterback situation is uncertain long-term.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Cardinals To Hold Final Meeting About No. 1 Pick
The Cardinals have the first overall pick on Thursday night and will hold a final meeting over the next couple of days to discuss their options, according to sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Seahawks Seek First-Round Pick For Frank Clark
The Seahawks have considered trading defensive end Frank Clark, according to a source.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust
Mike Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Giants Focused On Best Players: 'Can't Draft For Need'
The Giants have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in in the first round of the NFL draft and they are focused on drafting the best player available.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Cardinals Claim They Haven't Decided On No. 1 Pick
The Cardinals have the first overall pick in next week's NFL draft, but Steve Keim said a decision on whom Arizona will pick has not been made.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Pat Shurmur Expects Giants To Draft Defensive Starters
The Giants have 12 picks in this year's draft, including two first round selections.

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Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft
The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Jon Gruden's Draft Advice To Mike Mayock: Don't Mess It Up
The Raiders have a lot of draft capital with new general manager Mike Mayock working his first NFL Draft later this month.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Nick Bosa Scrubbed Political Tweets With Chance Of Joining 49ers
Nick Bosa used his Twitter account to advocate politically, voicing his support for Donald Trump and also criticizing Colin Kaepernick.

Kevin Van Valkenburg/ESPN

Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa Headline List Of 23 Players To Attend Draft
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held in Nashville.


Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out
Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.