PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 4: Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a college football game at SHI Stadium on November 4, 2023 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 4: Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a college football game at SHI Stadium on November 4, 2023 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Marvin Harrison Jr. Compared to this NFL Great?

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – NOVEMBER 11: Marvin Harrison Jr. #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball during the second quarter of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 11, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images)

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. was an extremely productive receiver at Ohio State racking up 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns on 155 receptions during his college career.

You could say, he was the definition of consistent in the college football world.

He was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and 247 Sports which led to his commitment at Ohio State University back in 2019.

His dad, of course, is Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who played for the Colts.

Take a listen to his story.

2023 Review:

In 2023, “Jr.” continued to display what everyone already knew about him ⎯he’s an all-around receiver. Last season, Harrison played on the outside as an “X” wideout but moved to the slot this season (showcasing his versatility). He continued to be dangerous in the YAC (yards after catch) category, making his share of explosive plays. Route-running expertise also showed up on game film, at all levels of the field (short, intermediate, and deep).

Harrison has had 67 receptions, 1,211 yards (18.1 avg) and 14 touchdowns this season.

Overview: Marvin Harrison Jr.

6-Foot-4, 205 pounds

40 Time: 4.39 (nfldraftbuzz.com)

2022 stats: 77 rec – 1,263 Yards (16.4 avg) 14 TDs

Level of Competition: Medium

Colton Edwards Grade: First-Round

2022 Film Evaluated: Iowa, Notre Dame, and Penn State

2023 Film Evaluated: Maryland and Notre Dame

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report:

Dynamic talent with the frame with dominating length that can beat any defender. He possesses elite body control and flexibility at the catch point while using his soft hands to secure the ball in traffic or off-balance. Despite receiving constant press coverage and often seeing double teams throughout his career, he still consistently dominated no matter where he was on the field. Good footwork, route-running, and hand usage of the line of scrimmage (LOS). His acceleration off the LOS is much better than most receivers with his frame. He’s able to manipulate defenders with his leaning ability, head fakes, and blind-spot awareness. This allows for more separation for the quarterback to throw the ball into.

Weaknesses: He doesn’t display many weaknesses in his game, but he does become too tall at the stem of his routes at times, which leads to a slower break. His footwork needs to develop more and hand-fighting packages at the LOS could stand improvement.

Words from his coach

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day certainly thinks highly of Harrison. He believes he is the “most outstanding player in the country.”

“He, right from the jump, came in with a work ethic that, really, has transcended throughout the whole team,” said Day. “Just what he has done and, now, the production as well.”

“He wants to be great,” Day continued. “I know that – you can just tell it. His actions back that up. And, certainly, his production speaks for itself on the field with what he’s doing. He makes everybody on that field better.”

Summary:

Harrison is truly a prototypical wide receiver in this draft class. He has so much versatility in his game that any offense could schematically build around him. This Ohio State receiver has all of the physical tools needed for a franchise wide receiver in the NFL. His explosiveness and agility allow him to threaten vertically which takes a lot of eyes off the underneath routes. He does become incredibly dangerous in the short-yardage game.

Harrison projects as a day-one starter who brings immediate attention as the X receiver. His physical talent, rare attributes, and NFL blood raise his ceiling more than any wideout in recent history.

Who will he remind us of?

Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss who played for 5 NFL teams in 16 seasons

Colton just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science at the United States Sports Academy. He has previous coaching experience as a former offense and defensive line coach at a local high school. While performing those duties, he also worked at PFF( Pro Football Focus) for a brief moment of time. He currently develops scouting reports here at firstroundmock.com. His aspirations are to become an NFL Scout/GM in the future.

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