Roughly 100 days until college football and Marvin Harrison Jr. has been unanimously crowned WR1 for the 2024 NFL Draft for months. Former ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay has already stamped “Harrison is going to be among the elite grades at the position, perhaps even the highest since A.J. Green in 2011.” I think Harrison is assuredly the best since JaMarr Chase in 2021, and beyond that the best since the A.J. Green/Julio Jones class of 2011 (I was higher on Jones unlike McShay). Yes, the 2024 NFL Draft is 10+ months away, but you can take it to the bank Harrison Jr. is going Top 5, possibly Top 3 in April.
Check these elite percentile rankings done on Harrison Jr. for 2022 by PFF College:
- 99.7 percentile overall receiving grade
- 98.5 percentile receiving grade versus man coverage
- 99.0 percentile receiving grade versus zone coverage
- 97.9 percentile yards per route run
- 80.5 percentile contested catch rate
Potential Fits for Marvin Harrison Jr. in the 2024 NFL Draft
Top 5 is being modest for the unanimous All-American. Let’s look at some potential fits with teams currently projected to be around that picking threshold.
Between their own pick and acquiring the Texans’ first-rounder, the Arizona Cardinals could potentially have two Top 5 choices. They’re the assured favorite for Harrison Jr. currently. Before DeAndre Hopkins was gone, Marvin Harrison Jr. was the obvious pick. After DeAndre Hopkins is gone, Marvin Harrison Jr. is still the obvious pick. High-end Phoenix realtors are already reaching out.
Anthony Richardson is going to take some time and he needs weapons. While Michael Pittman Jr. can handle a WR1 role, he could thrive even more as a WR2, thus appropriately bumping Alec Pierce down a spot on the depth chart to WR3 and Josh Downs manning the slot. For a team projected in the Pick 4-6 range right now it seems, Harrison Jr. is worth moving up a spot or two.
The Tennessee Titans have been hurting at receiver since the botching of trading A.J. Brown. 31st in wide receiver cap spending, the Titans simply need talent at the position to go along with Treylon Burks.