The 2024 NFL Draft is in the books. We now know where the Class of 2024 has landed for the start of their NFL careers. Some of the landing spots were better than others. In today’s Stock Watch, I’ll be taking stock of the veterans whose stock fluctuated based on who their teams took—or didn’t take—during the NFL Draft.

Quarterbacks

Stock Up: Daniel Jones, New York Giants

About: Word was the Giants were looking to make a major move at quarterback. It was rumored the team would trade up to grab Drake Maye. If not, the Giants were suspected of possibly grabbing J.J. McCarthy as the sixth overall pick. Instead, the Giants snagged a top receiver in Malik Nabers. In three days and seven rounds, the Giants didn’t take another quarterback. So, they go into 2024 poised to let Jones—who has just Drew Lock on the roster—try to bounce back from a rough 2023. The team also added a tight end prospect in Theo Johnson as a hedge in case Darren Waller officially retires. That puts it squarely on Jones’ shoulders to affirm his spot.

Stock Down: Kirk Cousins, Atlanta Falcons

About: Cousins signed a four-year, $180 million deal with the Falcons in March. He’s coming off a major injury but has been a rock-steady quarterback for the Commanders and Vikings over the years. It seemed he was starting a new phase of his career with the Falcons. And yet, the team chose to draft Michael Penix, Jr., with the eighth overall pick. That seems to put a ticking clock on Cousins before his tenure in Atlanta has even begun. It could also be a sign the team isn’t as confident about his health. Either way, it makes Cousins a more tenuous dynasty asset.

Running Backs

Stock Up: Zamir White, Las Vegas Raiders

About: For this position, I don’t have any stock down choices. None of the landings for running backs significantly impact my feelings on veterans. But there were a few veterans that appeared to be big winners. The first of those is White. He showed promise filling in for Josh Jacobs in 2023. Jacobs is gone, so it was fair to wonder who would get the bulk of the carries in Las Vegas. The team added veteran Alexander Mattison in free agency, but that didn’t put me off White. When the Raiders didn’t add a major back in the draft, it was a nod of confidence to the room they already have. That makes me more bullish on White having a crack at securing this job and a major role in the 2024 offense.

Stock Up: Devin Singletary, New York Giants

About: Singletary was the free agent signing for the Giants in the wake of losing Saquon Barkley in free agency. At the time, he seemed like part of the answer, with the rest likely coming in the draft. While the Giants addressed receiver and tight end in the draft, the team took just one back—Tyrone Tracy, Jr., out of Purdue in the fifth round. That leaves Singletary as the best back on the roster by far and a player in line to get a healthy workload. It’s a big boost to his stock, especially reuniting with Brian Daboll, the Offensive Coordinator who drafted him to Buffalo.

Wide Receivers

Stock Down: Keenan Allen, Chicago Bears

About: While I had two winners at running back, I’m going with two veterans whose stock took a hit after seeing additional players taken for their team. The Bears traded for Allen this off-season. The veteran, paired with D.J. Moore, gives rookie Caleb Williams a great veteran tandem for the season. The Bears also used the ninth pick on Rome Odunze, a receiver out of Washington. Odunze, a top-three player at receiver in the draft, profiles as the future. That makes it more likely Allen is a one-year rental for the Bears. That leaves his long-term future in flux and puts even more pressure on the 2024 season.

Stock Down: Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts

About: Pierce enters his third season in a precarious spot. After his selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, it seemed like there was a chance for him to be the team’s second receiving option. Instead, rookie Josh Downs usurped him in 2023. Then, the Colts added another receiver—Adonai Mitchell—in this year’s draft. That gives them a somewhat crowded depth chart behind top receiver Michael Pittman, Jr. Pierce was already a tenuous hold in dynasty. With this latest development, it feels like he’s barely worthy of a roster spot in dynasty.

Tight Ends

Stock Up: Tyler Conklin, New York Jets

About: The Jets were a trendy landing spot for Brock Bowers in pre-draft mocks. Instead, Bowers landed with the Raiders. The Jets didn’t add a tight end in the draft, which leaves Conklin the likely starter heading into an all-in season for the Jets with Aaron Rodgers. I’m not going crazy, but Conklin seems like a good under-the-radar value at this point.

Stock Down: Michael Mayer, Las Vegas Raiders

About: Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft, Mayer was the TE1 for some. He wasn’t drafted that way. And, as a rookie, he didn’t see much action for the Raiders while fellow rookie tight ends Sam LaPorta and Dalton Kincaid tore up the league. To add to the woes heading into year two, Mayer saw his team spend the No. 13 overall pick on Bowers. Now, he heads into his second season as the second option at his own position, with an unclear volume in a murky passing offense. In short, his value is bottoming out.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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