2023 NFL Draft Rumor Results

I post lots of things in the NFL Draft Rumors section from various reporters on the Internet and in print media. I’ve been rating how these reporters perform each year because it’s important to differentiate between those who actually have sources, and those who nonsensically post on Twitter, pretending to know people in NFL organizations.

I took a glance back and counted how many “wins” and “losses” each reporter had. I didn’t look at whom they slotted in their mock drafts – we did that in our 2023 NFL Mock Draft Results page – but rather, my task was delving into reports that said “Team X really likes Player A,” or “Team Y plans to trade up.”

I’ve also included the best reports and worst reports for 2023, so check those out below the following wins and losses (Note that these aren’t exactly ordered by percentage; getting a report right is difficult, so I wanted to award those who had more correct. As a result, it’s sort of a mixture.) Follow @walterfootball for updates.

National Media (2023):

Charlie Campbell: 6-1
Albert Breer: 2-0
Tony Pauline: 2-2
Adam Schefter: 1-0
Dianne Marie Russini: 1-0
Daniel Jeremiah: 1-0
Mike Garafolo: 1-0
Jane Slater: 1-0
Jordan Reid: 1-0
Todd McShay: 1-1
Peter King: 1-1
Kyle Crabbs: 0-1
Matt Miller: 0-3

National Media (2013-23):

Charlie Campbell: 64-22
Adam Schefter: 21-9
Tony Pauline: 51-44
Peter King: 32-23
Peter Schrager: 8-2
Albert Breer: 7-2
Lance Zerlein: 8-3
Adam Caplan: 5-2
Chris Mortensen: 9-8
Daniel Jeremiah: 9-8
Jason La Canfora: 12-12
Todd McShay: 6-6
Dianna Marie Russini: 3-0
Michael Silver: 3-1
Charles Robinson: 4-4
Jason Cole: 4-3
Bob Holtzman: 2-0
Alex Marvez: 2-0
Mike Mayock: 2-0
Dan Patrick: 2-0
Louis Riddick: 2-0
Dane Brugler: 3-2
Jay Glazer: 2-1
Ian Rapoport: 12-17
Mike Garofolo: 1-0
David Wyatt-Hupton: 1-0
Honest NFL: 1-0
James Layton: 1-0
Chris Burke: 1-0
Tom Curran: 1-0
Charles Davis: 1-0
Jonathan Jones: 1-0
Pat McAfee: 1-0
Eric Edholm: 1-0
Michael Lombardi: 1-0
Cam Marino: 1-0
Matthew Fairburn: 1-0
Kim Jones: 1-0
Dan Orlovsky: 1-0
Ben Standig: 1-0
Clark Judge: 1-0
Mike Garafolo: 1-0
Tom Pelissero: 1-0
Jim Trotter: 1-0
Pro Football Talk: 2-5
Greg Gabriel: 2-5
Joel Klatt: 1-1
Josina Anderson: 1-1
Rich Eisen: 1-1
Jordan Reid: 1-1
Jeremy Fowler: 2-4
Aaron Wilson: 1-2
Sal Paolantonio: 1-2
Charley Casserly: 1-2
Scott Bischoff: 0-1
Bucky Brooks: 0-1
Jeff Darlington: 0-1
John Clayton: 0-1
Ashley Fox: 0-1
Rand Getlin: 0-1
Ron Jaworski: 0-1
Bob McGinn: 0-1
Josh Norris: 0-1
Vincent Frank: 0-1
Kyle Crabbs: 0-1
James Parks: 0-1
Solomon Wilcots: 0-1
Field Yates: 0-1
Shawn Zobel: 0-1
Brian Baldinger: 0-2
Gil Brandt: 0-2
Jeff Chadiha: 0-2
Pete Prisco: 0-2
Ed Werder: 0-2
Eric Galko: 1-3
Benjamin Allbright: 1-5
Russ Lande: 0-3
Jon Ledyard: 0-3
Mel Kiper: 0-4
Matt Miller: 3-21

Local or Specific Team-Based Media (2013-23):

Mike Jurecki: 14-0
Cecil Lammey: 7-0
Jordan Raanan: 9-1
Mary Kay Cabot: 9-3
Armando Salguero: 9-4
Dave Lapham: 5-0
Joe Person: 6-1
Jim Wyatt: 6-3
D. Orlando Ledbetter: 4-0
Gerry Dulac: 4-0
Jonathan Jones: 4-0
Ralph Vacchiano: 3-0
Jeff McLane: 3-0
Elliot Shorr-Parks: 3-0
Mike Triplett: 3-0
Darren Wolfson: 3-0
Jane Slater: 3-0
Jim Thomas: 3-1
Ed Bouchette: 2-0
Jenna Laine: 2-0
Bryan Broaddus: 2-0
Jeff Zrebiec: 2-0
Rob Demovsky: 2-0
Michael Gehlken: 2-0
Larry Holder: 2-0
Mike Klis: 2-0
Jon Machota: 2-0
Vaughn McClure: 2-0
Patricia Traina: 2-0
Charean Williams: 2-0
Joe Buscaglia: 2-0
Tim Twentyman: 2-0
Ben Goessling: 2-1
Dan Pompei: 2-1
John McClain: 3-4
Kyle Barber: 1-0
Darren Urban: 1-0
Vic Tafur: 1-0
Woody Paige: 1-0
Dave Bryan: 1-0
Eric Ting: 1-0
Doug Kyed: 1-0
Gil Arcia: 1-0
Greg Auman: 1-0
Matt Barrows: 1-0
Adam Beasley: 1-0
Zach Berman: 1-0
Clifton Brown: 1-0
Steve Corkran: 1-0
Peter Bukowski: 1-0
Bart Hubbuch: 1-0
Barry Jackson: 1-0
Tim Kawakami: 1-0
Aaron Leming: 1-0
Brian Linder: 1-0
Terry McCormick: 1-0
John Middlekauff: 1-0
Vince Langford: 1-0
Terez Paylor: 1-0
Terry Pluto: 1-0
Vito Stellino: 1-0
Adam Teicher: 1-0
Joe Tordy: 1-0
Jerry McDonald: 1-0
Chris Tomasson: 1-0
Mike Wells: 1-0
Paul Schwartz: 1-0
Michael C. Wright: 1-0
Mike DiRoco: 1-0
Jonathan Alexander: 1-0
Sam Farmer: 1-1
Jamison Hensley: 1-1
Paul Kuharsky: 1-1
Geoff Moesher: 1-1
Gary Myers: 1-1
Ryan O’Halloran: 1-1
Brad Biggs: 1-1
Todd Archer: 1-1
Tom Silverstein: 1-1
Jeff Sullivan: 1-1
Rich Cimini: 3-6
Tim McManus: 1-2
Manish Mehta: 1-2
John Keim: 1-2
Tony Grossi: 1-3
Justis Mosqueda: 0-1
Bob McManaman: 0-1
Les Bowen: 0-1
John Mullin: 0-1
Andrew Abramson: 0-1
Scott Bischoff: 0-1
Eric Branch: 0-1
Keith Britton: 0-1
David Climer: 0-1
Steve Doerschuk: 0-1
Jeff Duncan: 0-1
Chris Emma: 0-1
Sid Hartman: 0-1
Sheil Kapadia: 0-1
Andrew Krammer: 0-1
Tommy Lawlor: 0-1
Mark Long: 0-1
Ryan Mink: 0-1
David Moore: 0-1
Jessica Morrey: 0-1
Jourdan Rodrigue: 0-1
Josh Norris: 0-1
Steve Reed: 0-1
Rick Stroud: 0-1
Ben Volin: 0-1
Eric Williams: 0-1
Matt Lombardo: 0-1
D.J. Bien-Aime: 0-1
Simon Clancy: 0-2
Bill Williamson: 0-2
Paul Crane: 0-2

Best 2023 NFL Draft Reports

6. Mike Jurecki is the best team reporter in the business. He was the first to call that the Cardinals were extremely likely to trade down:

3/12: It’s more likely that the Cardinals trade down than stay at No. 3. – Mike Jurecki, Arizona Football Daily

5. Tony Pauline is a great reporter who called the Giants’ interest in John Michael Schmitz, who was the team’s second-round pick:

4/4: The interest in John Michael Schmitz from the Giants “is real.” – Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

4. Many mock drafters slotted Christian Gonzalez or Joey Porter Jr. to the Redskins. Charlie heard that the Redskins liked another corner:

4/26: The Redskins like Emmanuel Forbes over Joey Porter Jr. – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

3. There’s a reason I mocked Zay Flowers frequently to the Ravens:

3/1: The Ravens were “connected at the hip” with Zay Flowers at the Shrine Bowl. – Kyle Barber, Baltimore Beatdown

2. In addition to this quote, Charlie Campbell said that the Eagles would be looking to trade up into the 6-9 range to draft Jalen Carter:

4/24: If the Eagles had their way, they would reunite Jordan Davis with Jalen Carter. – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com (trade up 6-9)

1. Everyone had Will Levis to the Colts. Everyone except those associated with this Web site, that is:

4/27: “Based on what I am hearing from team sources, I do not believe the hype of Levis being a top candidate for the Colts at selection No. 4.” – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Worst 2023 NFL Draft Reports

6. While we knew the Colts didn’t like Will Levis, the rest of the draft community was led astray by reports like this:

4/24: The Colts’ interest in Will Levis is “very real.” – Todd McShay, ESPN

McShay wasn’t the only one…

5. Matt Miller claimed to have done lots of work when reporting the Colts’ supposed interest in Levis:

4/21: “Where will Kentucky quarterback Will Levis land? Multiple sources around the league say the Colts would love to select him.” – Matt Miller, ESPN

Multiple sources, eh?

4. Speaking of leading mock drafters astray…

4/5: The Texans could pass on a quarterback at No. 2 overall. – Peter King, NBC Sports

From what I can tell, the Chief was the first to report that the Texans would likely pass on a quarterback. But King wasn’t the only one…

3. Once again, Matt Miller claimed to do more work to jump on an incorrect story:

4/21: “In texts and calls with scouts, coaches and even agents throughout the past week, I couldn’t find one person who truly believes the Texans will select a QB there.” – Matt Miller, ESPN

And even agents!

2. As mentioned earlier, Tony Pauline is a great reporter, but he got tripped up with this one:

3/14: The Panthers are debating C.J. Stroud versus Anthony Richardson. – Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Of course, something may have changed. From what we heard, the Panthers’ coaches wanted C.J. Stroud, while the owner and general manager wanted Bryce Young.

1. Matt Miller has dominated the worst reports area, and we aren’t done. Miller seemingly always claims to hear that lesser quarterbacks will be first-round picks, dating way back to his report that Matt Barkley would go in the opening round. Here’s the latest version:

4/21: “Is the “Hendon Hooker in Round 1″ talk real? Yes, according to multiple scouts I spoke with this week.” Miller went on to declare that a source told him that the Redskins would draft Hooker at No. 16 overall.

Oops. Not only did Hendon Hooker not go in the first round; he wasn’t even chosen in the second frame! I can’t say I’m surprised that Miller landed a job with ESPN, given that ESPN always seems to employ the most incompetent people possible.

Once again, check out the 2023 NFL Draft Rumors here. I’ll notify you of updates on Twitter, so follow me @walterfootball.

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