NFL Draft News and Rumors Today (April 23): Giants Smitten With Drake Maye, Malik Nabers Soaring, Commanders Refuse To Budge

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Don’t Expect Trades Until Draft Night

Fans are bracing for big trades over the next couple of days, especially with the Vikings holding two first-rounders and telling everyone how badly they want to move up the board. But we might have to wait until Thursday night to see any fireworks.

“For as much trade talk as you’ll hear over the next few days, I wouldn’t expect anything concrete in the top five of the first round until we actually get to Thursday night,” Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote Tuesday.

Breer added this note on the Cardinals, who own the No. 4 pick: The Arizona Cardinals … have told teams that have called (and as we said Monday, four teams have at least checked in with Arizona on moving up) that they don’t plan to execute a trade until they’re on the clock during the 8 p.m. ET hour Thursday.”

Breer also said the New England Patriots will listen to offers “until” they’re on the clock with the No. 3 pick.

What about the Tier 2 quarterbacks?

Everyone focuses on Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, and J.J. McCarthy. But don’t forget about Michael Penix and Bo Nix, both of whom could sneak into Round 1.

Breer noted the Raiders, who want to trade up for Daniels but probably won’t be successful, are interested in Penix. He also reported the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams both are “connected” to Nix.

CBS Sports Jonathan Jones wrote something similar about the Broncos, who traded for Zach Wilson Monday.

“Zach Wilson’s arrival in Denver hardly precludes the Broncos from making a move to get a quarterback in the coming days,” Jones wrote Tuesday. “It’s a deal that had been talked about for more than a month between the two sides. Not saying he’d be taken at No. 12, but Bo Nix to Denver has been floated in some circles this week.

Giants Targeting Drake Maye?

The New York Giants own the No. 6 pick in the draft, and many believe they’ll target a quarterback who could eventually replace Daniel Jones. But there’s a strong chance the top four QBs will be off the board by the time the Giants are on the clock.

Thus, they might need to swing a trade — and they reportedly are trying to. On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Giants and Vikings are the teams “most active” in trying to acquire the No. 3 pick from the Patriots. Then, on Tuesday, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported the Giants are targeting Maye.

“The Giants are at least looking to trade up,” Raanan wrote on the X platform. “The belief is it’s for UNC QB Drake Maye.”

Will the Giants find willing trade partners in the Patriots, Arizona Cardinals (No. 4), or Los Angeles Chargers (No. 5)? We’ll just have to wait and see.

One team they likely won’t be able to trade with: the Washington Commanders.

Commanders Turning Away Trade Offers

The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reported the Commanders aren’t interested in trading the No. 2 pick.

“Teams trying to move up for QB and calling Washington are being told they are not moving,” Russini wrote on the X platform. “Washington’s GM Adam Peters has publicly stated the Commanders feel great about staying at No. 2 and picking their QB.”

Multiple reports indicate the Commanders plan to select Daniels with the No. 2 pick. But other rumors indicate Daniels prefers to play elsewhere, potentially opening the door for Maye to be drafted second overall.

Either way, a trade seems increasingly unlikely.

Malik Nabers: WR1?

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. has been viewed as the best receiver prospect available in this draft, as well as one of the top wideout prospects of the last decade. And Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings has Harrison ranked as the best receiver available.

But some NFL coaches disagree with that notion. Multiple assistants have LSU’s Malik Nabers ranked ahead of Harrison, and at least one believes Harrison isn’t that close.

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“It’s Nabers and then there’s a gap,” an offensive assistant told The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. “He is the best wide receiver in the draft in a couple of years, maybe more. He is Tyreek Hill combined with both of those San Francisco guys (Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk).

A “veteran” NFL receivers coach told Feldman: “(Harrison’s) not No. 1 to me. Nabers is the No. 1 on my list and I think he is on a lot of people’s lists. He’s just different to me. I don’t think it’s anything toward Marvin, it’s just really that Nabers is that good.”

Whether Nabers will be drafted ahead of Harrison remains to be seen. But we can’t rule it out.

J.J. McCarthy Loved Patriots Visit, Met Robert Kraft

McCarthy recently visited New England on a top 30 visit. Multiple reports indicate New England will likely select Maye with the third overall pick, but the Patriots could select McCarthy instead or trade down for him.

On Tuesday, McCarthy shared his impressions of Robert Kraft and the Patriots on Schefter’s podcast.

“The coolest, smoothest guy I’ve met in a long time,” McCarthy said. “Just being able to know that you’re in good hands when the Kraft family is running that whole thing.

“And, obviously, Coach [Jerod] Mayo’s been a part of that success over the years. And what he’s building is a feeling that I got when I first stepped onto Michigan — a sense of urgency to rebuild the culture, rebuild this team to where they want to get to and where they were.”

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Cummings has McCarthy ranked as the fourth quarterback and the 26th prospect overall on his big board.

Patriots Still Not Blown Away By Trade Offers

New Reportedly intends to select a quarterback with the No. 3 pick but would trade down if the right offer presents itself. That hasn’t happened yet, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

“While the Commanders and Patriots have received calls from teams attempting to move up for a QB, Washington has shown no indication it would move, per me and Mike Garaflo,” Rapoport wrote Tuesday. “New England would move for the right offer, but the Pats just haven’t gotten such an offer yet.”

Last week, de facto Patriots general manager Eliot Wolf said the Patriots are “open for business” with the No. 3 pick.

Raiders Called Commanders About Trading for No. 2

The Las Vegas Raiders, who own the No. 13 pick, have an intriguing young QB in Aidan O’Connell. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying to move up the board.

“Not surprisingly, the Raiders are among the teams who tested the Commanders on moving out of 2, even after Washington GM Adam Peters told the media the team planned to stick and pick, sources say,” Garafolo reported Tuesday.

Multiple reporters indicate Daniels wants to play for the Raiders, and that the feeling is mutual.

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