Latest 2024 NFL Draft Rumors: Surprise Eagles WR Buzz, Michael Penix Jr.’s Draft Stock Soaring, Titans Solidifying OL

NFL Insider Adam Caplan shares his last-minute intel on the 2024 NFL Draft, including Michael Penix Jr.'s chances of going in the first round.

With the 2024 NFL Draft upon us, we’re taking one last look inside the latest news and we’re also updating intel on some players who will go off the board within the first three rounds.

Latest 2024 NFL Draft Rumors

Cincinnati Bengals

Multiple teams interested in veteran WR Tyler Boyd told PFN that the indication that they’ve received is that he plans to make his decision on where he plans to sign for the 2024 season after the draft.

The feeling is, as a source with one of the teams said, is that he wants to see what teams do in the draft before going forward.

Boyd, who is clearly the top slot receiver available on the open market, was looking for at least $9 million per year at one point earlier this offseason, another source said. The veteran pass catcher signed a four-year extension in July 2019 worth $43 million ($10.75 million per season), which expired in March.

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans looked into the potential of acquiring veteran WR Stefon Diggs, which went down on April 3, well before then, a league source with knowledge of the situation told us.

The source indicated that the team was looking into his background and potential fit with them at least three to four weeks before the trade with the Buffalo Bills was completed.

That would indicate that it wasn’t just the Bills who were looking to move him. As the source explained, the Texans felt that they wanted to build on last year’s surprising success to make another run in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Eagles

There’s been surprising buzz around the Philadelphia Eagles and the wide receiver position.
As a coaching source who has worked with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore in the past told us this week, his base offense, when he has enough players at the position, is 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR).

Behind the two starters at wide receiver (A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith) are two veterans on one-year deals (DeVante Parker and Parris Campbell) who have had their share of injuries over the years.

Tennessee Titans

Multiple league sources strongly believe LT Joe Alt, if he falls to them at No. 7 overall, will be the selection at that spot.

The feeling here is that by selecting Alt, who our sources say is the “safest” left tackle for the 2024 NFL Draft, would help solidify the left side of the Titans’ offensive line with Peter Skoronski entrenched at LG.

If Tennessee is able to secure Alt, that would enable the coaches to move third-year OT Nicholas Petit-Frere to RT to compete for the starting job there.

Defensively, a source with knowledge of the scheme says Tennessee’s expected to run a 3-4 front with new defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson. However, his scheme has some differences from former head coach Mike Vrabel’s version of the 3-4, which has its roots from the New England Patriots.

Washington Commanders

With a whopping six picks available within the top 100 selections (one first, two seconds, three thirds), some teams have told us they expect the Commanders to explore the possibility of packaging some draft assets to trade up for a higher-graded player to address needs on both sides of the ball (OL, DE, CB).

Latest Buzz on Top NFL Draft Prospects

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

There’s been a lot of talk in the scouting world lately that, despite his injury history, Michael Penix Jr. will wind up being a first-round pick.

Penix, known in coaching and scouting circles as possessing the best deep arm of all the QBs projected to go off the board within the first few rounds, has shown the ability to process information well based on the game tape from the past few seasons.

Some teams feel that there will be at least a few teams looking to replace their veteran signal-callers over the next few seasons and will look into either trading up from Round 2 or trading down in the first in order to select him later where he would be seen as a better value.

Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

There has seemed to be a lot of buzz surrounding Adonai Mitchell in recent weeks, and as one scouting source said, it’s because of his size, speed, and talent.

While he’s seen as a “late bloomer” and didn’t have huge numbers in college, Mitchell is still projected to go off the board late first/early second round due to upside and how he projects to be a starter at some point within the first few seasons at the next level.

Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

If you’re looking for a player who could go off the board much higher than first thought, it could be this guy.

Jalyx Hunt started his collegiate football career off at Cornell as a safety but would eventually transition to edge rusher at Houston Christian due in part to a late growth spurt.

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In speaking with multiple coaching sources, Hunt, who played in this year’s Senior Bowl, shouldn’t go off the board past the third round. And, as one source said, while he’s very inexperienced at the position, his upside is good enough that he’s the perfect developmental player to work with at the NFL level. He could eventually be no less than a DPR (designated pass rusher) over the course of his four-year rookie contract.

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