NFL Draft Rumors: Latest on Jalen Carter, Tyree Wilson, the Eagles, Giants, and More

    The 2023 NFL Draft has finally arrived! Here are the latest NFL Draft rumors surrounding some big-name players like Jalen Carter and Tyree Wilson.

    The NFL Draft has finally arrived! Expect plenty of surprises as Draft rumors swirl throughout the day and jaw-dropping moves are experienced into tonight. Here’s the latest on what I’m hearing.

    NFL Draft Rumors: Jalen Carter Remains the Biggest Wild Card

    The biggest wild card of Day 1 is a landing spot for Jalen Carter. He could go as early as five or possibly drop out of the top 10. As I mentioned during last night’s broadcast of Football Insiders, I’m told Seattle is “50/50” as to whether or not they will select Carter with the fifth pick.

    As we spoke about during the show, there’s a lot of hesitancy as to the end result of giving the somewhat troubled prospect a contract that guarantees millions of dollars. There’s a lot of hesitancy by the Falcons to select him at No. 8 overall, as they feel keeping Carter in his element (Athens is about an hour’s drive to Atlanta) doesn’t benefit anyone.

    As someone told me yesterday, the fact Carter left the scene of an accident where two people died is troubling and weighing on the final decision.

    Tyree Wilson’s Medicals a Concern and the Eagles Moving Up?

    Teams have raised caution about the medicals on Tyree Wilson. Evidently, he recently had a second procedure on his foot, and while it’s not a major concern, it is a setback. Wilson also struggled with back issues down the stretch of the 2022 season, which is something else teams have delved into.

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    As I tweeted yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles are laying the groundwork for a potential trade-up if they can get one of the defensive linemen. I received word last night they could also trade up for Paris Johnson Jr., which makes sense even though it doesn’t solve an immediate need. The greater point is the Eagles are open to moving up.

    Titans and Texans Willing To Move for a QB?

    The Tennessee Titans are still actively looking to move into the top 10 for one of the quarterbacks, which has been known for some time. Head coach Mike Vrabel believes he can develop a good defense with just about anything but needs an explosive offense and the quarterback to run it.

    The past two days, I’ve also been told it’s a real possibility the Texans will take a pass rusher at two, then work the phones to trade back into the top 10 from the 12th spot to select their quarterback.

    Latest NFL Draft Rumors Surrounding the WRs

    Kansas City will look to move up from the back end of Round 1 for one of the receivers. Most say it’s Zay Flowers, but I know they also like Quentin Johnston. Someone close to the organization told me Chiefs general manager Brett Veach doesn’t care about the picks at this point but rather prioritizes players.

    Surprisingly, I continue to hear from a variety of sources that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are enamored with Johnston. The team restructured the contracts of soon-to-be 30-year-old Mike Evans and his counterpart Chris Godwin not long ago. Johnston to Tampa at 19 may not be as big of a surprise as many believe.

    The New York Giants at 25 will be an interesting team to watch. The team covets a cornerback, but the top-rated players at the position will be gone.

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    I’m told that there is a faction of people in the building who want a receiver, either Flowers or Jordan Addison. Historically, the team likes players out of Boston College. Yet, there is also a faction who believe the Giants need a pure No. 1 wideout, and while Flowers and Addison are good receivers, they would just be adding to the list of bodies the team has at the position and it would be a lot of redundancy. In other words, they do not view either player as true No. 1 receivers for their team.

    New York likes cornerback DJ Turner out of Michigan and center John Michael Schmitz. But would they select either with the 25th pick?

    If Darius Rush is available to them in Round 2, and they haven’t taken a corner in the first round, I believe that is the direction they will go. A highly-rated defensive tackle or pass rusher could also be in the cards for the team at pick 25. Safety Brian Branch is a name that’s also being thrown around.

    What Will Buffalo and Cincinnati Do at 27 and 28?

    The Buffalo Bills may not get the player they covet with the 27th pick. I have them selecting Branch in my mock draft, which fills the team’s long-term need at safety.

    I’m told they could also take Josh Downs, the field-stretching receiver from North Carolina, at No. 27. The other player Buffalo’s done a bunch of work on in the days leading up to the draft is Iowa State pass rusher Will McDonald IV.

    I’m told the team has been burning the phone lines to Ames, Iowa, speaking with as many Cyclone coaches who’ll talk, to gather as much information on McDonald as possible. McDonald is well-liked by a lot of people in and around the program, but there are questions if he’ll be able to handle a complex NFL defense.

    Like the Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals are another team likely to wait and see how the board falls before they are called to the clock with pick 28, which comes immediately after Buffalo.

    Conventional wisdom says the Bengals will draft a tight end or cornerback. I have them selecting tight end Dalton Kincaid in my mock draft and Cincinnati is another team considering cornerback DJ Turner in the first round. The sleeper pick for Cincinnati is offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron of Syracuse.

    They signed tackle Orlando Brown in free agency to play left tackle and plan to move Jonah Williams to the right side, but the former first-round pick is demanding a trade. I’m told the Bengals feel the athletic Bergeron could play right tackle on Sunday and would be a better pass protector for Joe Burrow than Williams.

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