Few college football players have amassed the hype that Ohio State junior wideout Marvin Harrison Jr. has over the last three years across Ohio sports betting, thanks to a slew of dazzling catches and the Philadelphia native’s God-given talents on the gridiron. Fresh off consecutive 1,200-yard seasons and a pair of unanimous All-American selections, Harrison on Jan. 11 announced his intention to take his talents to the NFL in 2024, with the 2023 Biletnikoff Award winner surely hearing his name called in the first round of this year’s draft.
More than three months ahead of April’s NFL Draft, Harrison is currently ranked as the best wideout in this year’s class by multiple outlets, with NFL Draft Buzz giving Harrison their No. 1 ranking among all CFB prospects. With that in mind, BetOhio.com broke down which NFL team could land Harrison’s services in the early portion of this year’s draft, with no shortage of teams wanting to get their hands on the surefire star this spring.
BetOhio, home to the best Ohio betting apps, could have the answer after compiling hypothetical odds for Harrison’s next destination of his football career. Below is the latest.
*Staffers Christopher Boan and Wes Roesch contributed to this report.
|New England Patriots
|Los Angeles Chargers
|New York Giants
The top team odds-wise to land Harrison in this year’s draft is the Arizona Cardinals, which has the No. 4 pick in the 2024 draft. If Arizona does wind up drafting Harrison, he’d do so exactly 20 years after another surefire Hall of Famer was picked by the franchise: 11-time Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was also picked fourth overall by the Cardinals in 2004, which sets the stage for what could be the second-coming of a franchise-altering talent at the wideout position.
With quarterback Kyler Murray showing signs of his previous self after missing most of the year with an ACL tear and the Cardinals pulling off a 35-31 upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in Week 17, there’s reason for hope in the Valley, especially if Arizona’s able to land a player of Harrison’s caliber in the draft.
Right now, what we do know is that each of the 32 NFL franchises would likely love to land Harrison in the 2024 NFL Draft, with only one club being lucky enough to add the defending Biletnikoff Award winner to their roster in the new year.
Stick with BetOhio.com for the leadup to the 2024 draft, plus other league coverage like the Browns Super Bowl odds.
USC quarterback Caleb Williams is the long favorite to be drafted first overall by the Chicago Bears, though there's at least a chance that Chicago decides to stick with QB Justin Fields and get him some receiver help.
Here are the top favorites to go No. 1 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft, via FanDuel Ohio:
|USC QB Caleb Williams
|UNC QB Drake Maye
|Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
|LSU QB Jayden Daniels
The last wide receiver to go No. 1 overall was USC WR Keyshawn Johnson, who went to the New York Jets in 1996. The fact that it was almost 30 years ago shows you just how often a WR goes first overall. However, if anyone was to do it again, it would be MHJ.
While Harrison's odds to go No. 1 overall over Williams are slim, he is the long favorite to be the first non-quarterback to come off the board.
Below are odds for the first non-QB selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, via DraftKings Ohio:
|Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
|Florida State DE Jared Verse
|Penn State OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu
|Notre Dame OT Joe Alt
Outside of QBs, the most common positions to come off the board first are receivers and defensive players. That's why it's no surprise that Harrison is the favorite, followed by Florida State defensive lineman Jared Verse. Several squads are needy of a good left tackle as well, and the top OT options this year are worthy candidates to go in the top five.
Harrison is eligible for the 2024 draft. His teammate in 2022, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, went in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Harrison is projected to be a top-five draft pick in 2024.
The Ohio State WR officially declared for the 2024 draft on Thursday, January 11. Harrison finished the 2023 college football season with 1,211 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.
Harrison is projected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming 2024 draft. NFL teams with a top-five pick this year include the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers. Another team could trade up in order to acquire MHJ as well.
Marvin Harrison Jr.'s dad is Marvin Harrison Sr. He played 13 seasons in the NFL and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Harrison Sr.'s best days came alongside quarterback Peyton Manning as one of the NFL's best duos. They spent several years together playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
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