2024 NFL Draft Rumor Results

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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 2024 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 2024, 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 (2024):

Tony Pauline: 4-0
Charlie Campbell: 5-1
Jordan Schultz: 3-0
Albert Breer: 1-0
Adam Jones: 1-0
Peter Schrager: 1-0
Tom Pelissero: 1-0
James Palmer: 1-0
Mike Reiss: 1-0
Adam Schefter: 1-0
Todd McShay: 1-1
Matt Miller: 0-1
Ballsack Sports: 0-1
Mike Sando: 0-1
Jeff Howe: 0-1
Pretty Rickey: 1-3

National Media (2013-24):

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 (RIP): 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
Tom Curran: 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
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: 14-1
Cecil Lammey: 7-0
Jordan Raanan: 9-2
Mary Kay Cabot: 9-3
Armando Salguero: 9-4
Dave Lapham: 5-0
Joe Person: 7-1
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
Rich Cimini: 4-6
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
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
Jeff Miller: 0-1
Connor Hughes: 0-1
Simon Clancy: 0-2
Bill Williamson: 0-2
Paul Crane: 0-2

Best 2024 NFL Draft Reports

6. Many mock drafters slotted a receiver to the Chargers, but Tony Pauline was the first to be all over the offensive line pick:

“I’ve consistently heard that the Chargers will draft a tackle or trade down.” – Tony Pauline, Sportskeeda

5. Most mainstream sports media people were calling for a Patriots trade. Not Charlie:

The Patriots have turned down trade offers for the No. 3 pick. – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

4. Pretty Rickey made a name for himself by being accurate in free agency. On the day in which Drake Maye shot up being even with Jayden Daniels in the betting market, Pretty Rickey was adamant that Jayden Daniels would still be the pick:

Jayden Daniels is a 100-percent lock at two. – Pretty Rickey, NFL Insider

3. I bet the Eagles didn’t think Quinyon Mitchell to fall to them, but Tony Pauline was all over them loving him:

The cornerback the Eagles desire is Quinyon Mitchell. – Tony Pauline, Sportskeeda

2. Everyone was talking about the Giants wanting to trade up. Charlie was all over the Giants not being interested in any of the quarterbacks:

The Giants are unlikely to draft a quarterback in the early rounds. – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

1. Tony Pauline was on fire this year. He reported Kansas City’s second-round pick:

It’s looking likely that the Chiefs will draft Kingsley Suamataia. – Tony Pauline, Sportskeeda

Worst 2024 NFL Draft Reports

6. This is contrary to Tony Pauline’s report about the Chargers going tackle:

The Chargers appear to be in the business of drafting a receiver. – Jeff Miller, LA Times

This is a bad look for the LA Times, as their own reporter was so way off on the local pick.

5. Charlie Campbell is the best draft reporter in the business, but even the best reporters are occasionally led astray by one of their sources, as you can see here:

The Jets are inclined to draft Brock Bowers or Rome Odunze at No. 10. – Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

I was absolutely shocked when the Jets went with Olu Fashanu instead of Brockers.

4. Mike Jurecki has been the most accurate team reporter over the past decade, so it was shocking to see him get something wrong for the first time:

The Cardinals prefer Malik Nabers to Marvin Harrison Jr., but wish to trade down. – Mike Jurecki, Arizona Football Daily

In fairness, Jurecki later called for Marvin Harrison Jr., and then he had the Cardinals drafting Darius Robinson.

3. I don’t know who Todd McShay is working for right now. Whoever it is happens to be getting reports like this:

The Giants don’t want to risk another Beckham/Toney situation. – Todd McShay, Former ESPN

McShay is referring to the Giants not drafting Malik Nabers. The Giants drafted Nabers despite this report.

2. Pretty Rickey’s fizzled out after starting strong:

The Patriots are now expected to draft J.J. McCarthy or trade down. – Pretty Rickey, NFL Insider

Sadly, the bloom is off the Pretty Rickey rose.

1. No one really traded up for J.J. McCarthy, but one reporter thought there would be a race.

There’s going to be a “race” between the Giants and Vikings for J.J. McCarthy. – Jeff Howe, The Athletic

Race? More like an eight-car pile-up.