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Is Marvin Harrison Jr. Set to Shock the NFL Draft?


The 2024 NFL draft is scheduled to start on April 25. With more than a month to go before the first player is selected, speculation is running wild regarding which player will be the NFL’s 2024 #1 draft choice. One of the names that has been mentioned as a possibility is Marvin Harrison Jr.


If Marvin Harrison Jr.’s name sounds familiar, it might be because of the young man’s football pedigree. You see, he is the son of Marvin Harrison Sr., one of the greatest NFL wide receivers of all time.


About Marvin Harrison Sr.


Marvin Harrison Sr. played his college ball at Syracuse where he claimed First Team All-American honors in 1995. His entire 13-year NFL career was played with the Indianapolis Colts where he landed as the 19th pick in the 1996 draft.


During his professional career, he snagged 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He also grabbed a Super Bowl ring in 2006 while catching passes from Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. Harrison himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 as one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game of football.


About Marvin Harrison Jr.


When it comes to the Harrison family, it would appear the apple did not fall far from the tree. The younger Marvin Harrison just concluded his college football career where he played for the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes.


There is little denying that Marvin Jr. is every bit as talented as his father. Over mostly two seasons (2022-2023), he grabbed 150 passes for 2,495 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also averaged 16.6 yards per catch, which serves as a testament to his ability to get deep on defenders.


On his trophy mantle sits two (2) First Team All-American Awards (2022 & 2023), a Fred Biletnikoff Award (2023) as the nation’s best wide receiver, and the Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year (2023) from the Big Ten Conference.


The Upcoming Draft


There is a lot of conjecture that Marvin Harrison Jr. could be drafted anywhere in the Top 6, depending on team needs. What seems to be unanimous is the feeling that Marvin Jr. might end up being one of those rare generational players. It’s for that reason that the young man could shock the NFL community by claiming one of the top 3 draft spots.


Of course, it’s always a gamble when it comes to great collegiate players making the transition to the NFL. Especially, when it comes to durability as no one can predict injuries. However, with Marvin Jr. success is a near certainty for whichever team drafts him. Unlike games of chance such as slots and poker promoted on and similar sites, there is little doubt that he won’t make an immediate impact.


At this time, most of the top mock drafts have Harrison going #3 to the New England Patriots or #4 to the Arizona Cardinals. With both of these teams needing help at the wide receiver position, it boils down to whether New England’s management favors Harrison or Rome Odunze, the other First Team All-American who played for the National Championship runner-up Washington Huskies.


New England could use a top-tier QB, but the first two teams in the draft are targeting QBs, namely Caleb Williams (USC) going to the Chicago Bears and either Drake Maye (North Carolina) or Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels (LSU) going to the Washinton Commanders.


Could Harrison Go #1 or #2?


Is there any scenario under which Harrison could go higher than #3? The Bears drafted Justin Fields out of Ohio State in the first round (11th pick) in 2021. Unfortunately, he has not quite performed to an elite level on the field. It would seem the Bears are ready to go through a painful divorce and start over with Caleb Williams. Of course, this is the NFL. If for any reason the Bears decide to give Fields one more chance, pairing him with Harrison would make a lot of sense.


The Arizona Cardinals find themselves in a similar situation with Kyler Murray. After taking him with the #1 overall pick in 2019, the team was married to the idea they had found their QB of the future. Unfortunately, injuries and developmental issues have Murray in the doghouse. It has become clear that the Cardinals are ready to cut ties and draft the best available QB this year.


When all is said and done, it looks like Harrison will go #1 to the Bears or #3 to the Patriots with the latter scenario being most likely.


What Makes Harrison Jr. So Coveted?


This is a young man who didn’t get much playing time until his Junior year at Ohio State. His growth since then has been nothing short of amazing, and there is still plenty of upside.


He has great hands, great speed, and runs routes with great perfection. One might say his pedigree has been on full display. After all, those are exactly the attributes that made Papa one of the best receivers of all time. What’s scary in Junior might be just a little bit better.

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