Marvin Harrison Jr.

Cards Sign Round 1 WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Marvin Harrison Jr. will enter Cardinals training camp as the team’s highest-ceiling wide receiver prospect in 20 years. This year’s No. 4 overall pick will not carry any contract drama into Arizona’s minicamp; the team signed its top draft choice Thursday.

The Ohio State prospect, who is following his father as a first-round NFL draft choice, will be tied to a fully guaranteed rookie deal that runs through 2027. Viewed as one of the highest-floor WR prospects to ever enter the draft, Harrison can be kept through 2028 on this contract via the fifth-year option. It is a $35.37MM deal.

With none of the quarterbacks chosen in the top three signed yet, Harrison is the first of this year’s top-five draftees to ink his rookie contract. The fifth-year option was not in place when Larry Fitzgerald signed his rookie deal in 2004, though the future Hall of Famer lasted quite a bit longer with the team, playing 17 seasons. Marvin Harrison Sr. played 13 in the NFL — all with the Colts. High expectations will be placed on the Hall of Famer’s son.

With Kyler Murray locked in as the team’s starting quarterback, the Cardinals were closely tied to trading down from No. 4. Arizona’s draft slot was viewed as a place QB-seeking teams could jump to for one of the non-Caleb Williams/Jayden Daniels prospects. Drake Maye generated extensive trade interest, as it turned out, with the Giants and Vikings offering the Patriots future first-rounders for their No. 3 draft slot. Interest in the other QBs did not lead to similar aggression, and the Cardinals — after trading down from No. 3 overall last year — stayed at 4 and selected their new WR1. Close Cards connections to Harrison emerged well before Round 1.

The Cardinals received at least two trade offers to move off No. 4, but GM Monti Ossenfort said no proposal was strong enough to convince the team to move out of Harrison range. Had the Cardinals traded down to No. 6 (via the Giants), they would have risked losing Harrison. Moving to 11 (the Vikings’ slot) would have all but certainly sent the second-generation WR prospect elsewhere. Carrying major questions at receiver going into the draft, the Cards will plug Harrison into their lineup. The 6-foot-4 talent will be expected to become Arizona’s top receiver as a rookie.

Arizona released DeAndre Hopkins last May and, despite talks about re-signing Marquise Brown, let the 2022 trade acquisition (and ex-Murray Oklahoma teammate) walk in free agency. The team has since added veteran starter Zay Jones to team with 2023 third-rounder Michael Wilson, but Harrison is the clear centerpiece of the rebuilding club’s receiving corps.

While some teams viewed Malik Nabers as a higher-ceiling prospect and a more explosive player, Harrison checks just about every box. Harrison carried a high enough pedigree as a prospect he was able to pass on Combine participation and pro day work. The Harrison camp’s plan featured training for an NFL offseason program, not pre-draft workouts. Few prospects can pull off this itinerary; Harrison being able to — and seeing it not dock his draft stock — illustrates the league’s view of his potential.

A crisp route runner who brings a desired size-speed combination, Harrison averaged north of 16 yards per reception in 2022 and ’23. With a hamstring injury shutting down Jaxon Smith-Njigba for longer than expected in 2022, Harrison broke through and became the Buckeyes’ go-to weapon. He totaled 14 touchdown catches in both 2022 and ’23, topping 1,200 receiving yards in both seasons. Viewed as this draft’s top wideout prospect for months ahead of the event, Harrison will get to work on establishing a rapport with Murray ahead of Drew Petzing‘s second season as Cards OC.

Draft Notes: Morgan, Commanders, Cardinals, Harrison, Bills, Dolphins, Texans

A pre-draft report indicated the Commanders were making an effort to trade into the bottom half of Round 1, and’s Tony Pauline adds the team made that effort with the goal of adding Arizona tackle Jordan Morgan. The three-year Wildcats starter ended up going to the Packers at No. 25, being part of a historic run of tackles in the round. Washington has gone in another direction tonight, trading down (via the Eagles, who parted with two second-rounders to climb to No. 40 for Cooper DeJean). The Commanders did not take a tackle in the second round. Although the team has added a host of former Dan Quinn charges, no tackle move has emerged this offseason.

As we head into Round 3, there is the latest from the draft:

  • The Cardinals were linked to having conversations about moving down from No. 4 overall. GM Monti Ossenfort agreed to move down from No. 3 to No. 12 last year, allowing the Texans to take Will Anderson Jr.. This year? No dice. The second-year Arizona GM confirmed conversations occurred and offers emerged but said (via’s Omar Ruiz) none were close to convincing the team to pass on Marvin Harrison Jr. Teams like the Raiders, Broncos, Giants and Vikings were linked to No. 4, but only one of those teams — Minnesota — ended up moving in Round 1. And the Vikings only needed to climb one spot for J.J. McCarthy.
  • Moving down twice in Round 1, the Bills accumulated some additional assets. The team was linked to perhaps trading into the top 10 in Round 1, but GM Brandon Beane confirmed (via’s Alaina Getzenberg) no calls were made to move up Thursday night. The Bills ended up trading with the Chiefs and Panthers, picking up additional third- and fifth-round picks. The Bills had chances to trade into the 40s or 50s from Round 1, Beane added (via The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia), but did not want to move back that far. Buffalo also did not want to move its own Round 2 selection (No. 60); they ended up making two second-round picks tonight.
  • The Dolphins did, in fact, try to trade up Thursday night. GM Chris Grier confirmed Miami made an effort to move back into the first round. No action occurred, however, and the Dolphins exited Round 1 with edge rusher Chop Robinson.
  • Trading their first-round pick to the Vikings — who did not end up needing it to trade up for a quarterback — the Texans did try to trade back into Round 1 late Thursday night, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini tweets. GM Nick Caserio was rumored to be targeting a move back into Round 1, as he had dealt the last first-rounder of the Deshaun Watson haul to the Cardinals last year. But Houston stood pat, remaining at No. 42.

Cardinals Draft WR Marvin Harrison Jr. At No. 4

The first non-quarterback has come off the board. Turning aside trade interest, the Cardinals have retained the No. 4 pick and used it on Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Kyler Murray gets a new WR1 with an NFL pedigree.

The son of Hall of Fame Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, the younger Harrison has been on the radar of NFL scouts since his sparse freshman year with the Buckeyes. In the next two seasons, though, Harrison proved why he deserved their attention, combining for 2,474 yards and 28 touchdowns through the air as a sophomore and junior.

In Arizona, Harrison becomes the immediate WR1. The Cardinals saw Marquise Brown depart for Kansas City in free agency and only return Michael Wilson and Greg Dortch while adding Chris Moore in free agency. Murray will now be able to rely on Harrison and budding tight end Trey McBride as his top targets in 2024.

There had been lots of speculation of teams trading up to the No. 4 overall pick in order to draft a fourth quarterback in a row. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, though, all such rumors were hearsay as the Cardinals took part in “no trade talks prior” to making their pick.

This makes sense when you look at the roster and the team’s recent struggles in the wide receiver room. The Cardinals have said goodbye to Christian Kirk, DeAndre Hopkins and Brown over the past three offseasons. After 2023 negotiations with Brown, they let the 2022 trade pickup defect to the Chiefs. That left a gaping hole at wideout, one the Cards did not fill in free agency.

This marks the first significant investment in the position during the Monti OssenfortJonathan Gannon era. Although some teams were believed to have placed LSU’s Malik Nabers — he of a 4.35 40-yard dash — as this draft class’ best wideout prospect, the 6-foot-3, 209-pound Harrison has hovered on the top tier of this prospect pool for several months. The latest Ohio State receiving sensation made a point to inform teams he would not train for the Combine or pre-draft workouts, instead taking the rare step to prepare his body for his NFL team’s offseason program. This unorthodox strategy did not end up docking Harrison.

The Cardinals have not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Hopkins did so in 2020, which also happened to be Larry Fitzgerald‘s final season. It looks like Arizona fans only had to wait three years for another potential legacy wideout. The team gets the No. 1 wide receiver on the board at fourth overall.

Ely Allen contributed to this post.

Colts Interested In Trading Up For Top WR, TE Brock Bowers?

APRIL 25: The Colts may try to take a big swing in Round 1, with’s Albert Breer mentioning Indianapolis will probably attempt to make a move for one of the top three wideouts or Brock Bowers. Sitting at No. 15, the Colts may only need to move up a few spots to secure draft real estate good enough to nab Bowers or Rome Odunze. It will probably take a more substantial trade package for Indy to land Harrison or Malik Nabers.

The Bowers element here is interesting, as the Colts have seven tight ends on their offseason roster. Top option Jelani Woods arrived during Frank Reich‘s tenure, as did Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson. Bowers is viewed as this draft’s top tight end by a wide margin; the Georgia product may not make it out of the top 10, setting a potential target for the Colts if they are serious about moving up.

APRIL 24: Most of the trade-up reporting and speculation related to the upcoming draft has centered on quarterbacks, to no surprise. Teams not in need of a rookie passer could still be active in seeking a move up the board, though, and the Colts could be one of them.

Indianapolis is currently set to select 15th overall, but a trade could be in consideration. The Colts are viewed as being interested in a trade-up aimed at securing a receiver, per Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. Likewise, ESPN’s Matt Miller reports the team has frequently been mentioned as a potential suitor for Texas wideout Xavier Worthy. Miller’s final mock draft sends the speedster to Indianapolis, albeit with no trade being involved. Owner Jim Irsay noted the team’s “great interest” in Marvin Harrison Jr. (via FOX59’s Mike Chappel), but he will no doubt be out of range.

Worthy earned plenty of acclaim by breaking the all-time 40-yard dash record at the NFL Combine, showcasing his ability as a vertical threat at the NFL level. The Colts have Michael Pittman Jr. in place for years to come atop the WR depth chart, having worked out a three-year deal this offseason which takes the place of his franchise tag. Worthy is also on the radar of the Dolphins, owners of the No. 21 selection.

Indianapolis will have plenty of non-QB options to consider on Day 1, of course, regardless of if the team moves up or down the board. General manager Chris Ballard spoke about the team’s situation during a pre-draft press conference, during which he noted all options are being considered. All teams provide smokescreens this time of year, but Ballard noted the Colts have a track record of moving both up and down the board.

“History, I just go off history,” Ballard said (via “And you know, the more picks you have, the better chance you have to hit. Now, of course, you’re not going to hit on all of them, but it gives you more of a chance to hit. Look, we’ve moved up, we moved up for Jonathan Taylor. When we see one that’s in striking distance that we think we can go get, we’ll do it. But it’s got to work out. And then you’ve got to have… somebody that wants to make the trade.”

The Colts own seven total picks in the 2024 draft, one in each round. The team will thus have the capital required to move up the board slightly in round one, but the possibility of adding later selections could entice Ballard. This year’s class is known to be deep at the receiver spot, and plenty of notable options will be available on Friday and Saturday. Still, Indianapolis will be a team to watch with respect to wideout interest.

Latest On Giants’ WR Interest; Team Considering Michael Penix Jr. At No. 6?

If the Giants do end up passing on a quarterback to fill their longstanding wide receiver need, Daniel Jones probably should not be too comfortable going into his sixth season with the team. New York has done exhaustive work on this draft’s QB class, and rumors continue on this front with the draft barely a day away.

Drake Maye is believed to be the Giants’ preference among the top-tier options in this draft, with’s Dan Graziano further confirming the North Carolina prospect should be considered higher on the team’s board than J.J. McCarthy. The Michigan product was believed to have momentum with the Giants for a while; that surge appears to have stalled.

The Giants join the Vikings as the teams who have been most aggressive about negotiating with the Patriots for No. 3 overall, per Graziano, who adds an interesting wrinkle. While Maye being there at 3 (as he is expected to in the likely event Washington chooses Jayden Daniels at 2) would drive Giants interest, the team also could be open to drafting Michael Penix Jr. as high as No. 6.

The Giants like Penix, though the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard notes they did not bring him in for a “30” visit. Maye, McCarthy and Daniels did trek to New York for official meetings. This is interesting due to a March report indicating the team did, in fact, schedule a visit with the Washington product.

Penix at 6 would be seen by many as a reach, given the knocks on his health and mechanics, but coaches are believed to be higher on the former Washington and Indiana QB compared to scouts. A report earlier this week also pointed to the southpaw passer going earlier than expected — perhaps even as high as No. 8 to the Falcons. Though it would be shocking to see the Falcons invest what they did in Kirk Cousins and then use a first-round pick on a passer, it is looking possible Penix could wind up in the top half of the first round. Teams eyeing the national championship game starter as a consolation prize — potentially via trade into the latter half of Round 1 — may not ultimately be able to execute such a contingency plan.

While not bringing Penix in for a visit, the Giants appear comfortable with his medicals. Penix suffered four straight season-ending injuries, before putting together back-to-back healthy seasons at Washington. Giants brass had dinner with Penix in Seattle, per Leonard, and QBs coach Shea Tierney worked with him closely at the Senior Bowl while serving as an offensive coordinator in the all-star game. Some teams have a second-round grade on Penix, others likely view him as an acceptable Round 1 option.

It does appear Penix looms as a potential Giants contingency plan, in the event efforts to move into the top four fail. However, the Giants also could have a Maye-or-bust (at QB, at least) approach in place. Most teams believe the Giants would pivot to staying at No. 6 and drafting a wide receiver if Maye proves out of their reach, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini adds.

Ranking last in the NFL in yards after catch last season and not seeing anyone accumulate 1,000 receiving yards since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018 (Eli Manning‘s final starter year), the Giants have certainly done extensive work on this draft’s top WRs. A recent report pointed to the team eyeing Malik Nabers at 6, though The Athletic’s Jeff Howe adds the team has shown “real interest” in Marvin Harrison Jr. Of course, the Cardinals have been closely tied to the Ohio State prospect; Arizona would stand to have first WR dibs if it does not trade down from No. 4. Howe still mocks Maye to the Patriots and McCarthy to the Giants.

Maye going to New England would seemingly test how serious Joe Schoen and Co. are about finding a Jones replacement. Jones going into a sixth season as an unchallenged starter would be one of this era’s stranger examples of QB staying power, but the Giants could also finally equip their embattled QB with a high-level pass catcher for the first time if they stay at 6. A major decision will loom for the team once the Commanders turn in their pick. Both the Patriots and Cardinals are prepared to discuss trades up to going on the clock.

NFC Draft Rumors: Nabers, Giants, Falcons, Bears, Cowboys, Barton, Murphy, Seahawks

As the Giants continue to be tied to a potential trade into the top four for a quarterback, they have the likely option of staying at No. 6 and filling a years-long wide receiver need in their back pocket. Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze visited the team in March. Of this trio, Nabers may the likeliest to end up a Giant. They are interested in the LSU speedster, SNY’s Connor Hughes notes, adding many in the league expect this match to come to fruition at No. 6. A wideout in Round 1 would stand to give Daniel Jones new life, whereas his Giants tenure would be on borrowed time if a QB trade-up happens.

The Giants are also high on Harrison, as should be expected, and’s Albert Breer views 6 as the floor for the two-year Ohio State standout. Breer also offers Odunze as being a cleaner prospect, character-wise, compared to Nabers, who has developed a bit of a reputation as being tougher to coach. Some teams have the Washington prospect higher on their boards. If the Giants stand down at QB, they are virtually guaranteed one of these three WRs. That presents a big opportunity to fortify a position that has not employed an impact player since Odell Beckham Jr.

Here is the latest from the draft scene:

  • Breer also ties the Falcons to Nabers, noting some teams have this match on their radar. Atlanta, which holds No. 8 overall, has a greater need on defense; the team has been linked to pass rushers throughout the pre-draft process. Nabers would stand to represent value, and the Falcons could plug him in alongside Drake London and Darnell Mooney at receiver. Though, Atlanta having gone TE-WR-RB in the top 10 over the past three years would invite a Matt Millen-era Lions vibe if this happens again. It would be interesting to see if GM Terry Fontenot would truly use a fourth straight top-10 pick on a skill-position player. The Falcons have also been connected to trading down, per the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
  • How the Falcons proceed will be of interest to the Bears, who have also been tied to pass-catching aid with their No. 9 choice. Chicago is poised to go either pass catcher or pass rusher at 9, CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones notes, with Breer adding wideout may be the more likely play — if one of the top three remains available. Both Jones and Biggs mock Odunze to Chicago at 9. The Bears hosted the Washington standout on a “30” visit; Keenan Allen‘s contract expires after the 2024 season. Brock Bowers is not expected to make it out of the top 10, and the Bears also hosted the Georgia tight end recently. Holding only four picks, the Bears could also opt to trade down.
  • The Cowboys are believed to be interested in Duke’s Graham Barton, per Breer, who notes the O-lineman has been the player most closely connected to the team during the pre-draft process. While Barton started the past three seasons at left tackle, he is viewed as a better fit inside in the NFL. The Cowboys hosted Barton, among a number of other O-linemen, on a “30” visit recently. Dallas lost Tyler Biadasz and also must replace Tyron Smith. Tyler Smith‘s success at left tackle and left guard give Dallas options. While the team adding one of this draft’s many tackle prospects would stand to keep Tyler Smith inside, Barton would allow him to move back to LT.
  • The Seahawks passed on Jalen Carter last year, but they may be readier to pull the trigger on a D-tackle this week. The prospect of Seattle snagging Texas DT Byron Murphy at 16 has come up, with’s Tony Pauline noting the former Big 12 standout — who logged a Hawks “30” visit — also has an outside chance of moving into the top 10. The Falcons, who have been tied to edge rushers, are high on Murphy as well.’s Charles Robinson confirms some interest inside the top 10 indeed exists here. This year’s crop is light on DTs, potentially driving Murphy up the board.

Cardinals Receive Two Trade Offers For No. 4

The Cardinals would appear to hold a strong hand entering this draft, sitting at No. 4 and rostering a quarterback they like in Kyler Murray. If this draft begins QB-QB-QB as expected, Arizona could have some good offers in hand from teams eyeing the fourth passer left on the board.

A report Monday indicated the Cardinals have engaged in conversations with three teams, with a fourth on the radar. A day later, offers are believed to have come in. Two offers featuring trade parameters come in for the Cardinals’ No. 4 selection, according to CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones.

Continuing to connect the Cardinals to Ohio State super-prospect Marvin Harrison Jr., Jones notes the team appears comfortable drafting the ex-Buckeyes standout at 4. The team, however, may not view a sizable gap between the values of Harrison and LSU’s Malik Nabers as prospects. Citing the Cardinals’ wide receiver connections and this narrow gap,’s Ian Rapoport does not anticipate the team trading back too far.

Moving too far down the board would slide Arizona out of the mix for a prime wideout prospect; this could conceivably impact the team’s thinking with regards to potential Vikings or Broncos offers, seeing as those teams hold the Nos. 11 and 12 picks. Conversely, the Cardinals’ interest in this draft’s wideout crop could play into the Giants’ hands. New York sits at No. 6. If the Cardinals trade down two spots with a team interested in drafting a passer at 4, they would still have either Harrison or Nabers available to them at 6.

Both players visited the Cardinals, and reports during the draft run-up have suggested some teams view Nabers — who trailed Harrison on prospect ranking lists for a while — as the better prospect. The two-year Jayden Daniels target clocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash time at the LSU pro day. Despite not doing drills at this event or at the Combine, Nabers has done nothing to lower his stock going into the draft. The Cardinals have a glaring hole at wide receiver, though if the Vikings or Broncos come in with a much stronger offer compared to the Giants, that would stand to put Monti Ossenfort to the test.

Last year’s Cardinals decision to slide from No. 3 to No. 12 and then out of No. 33 showed Ossenfort is perfectly fine moving down boards. Of course, Arizona climbed back up to No. 6 (for Paris Johnson) last year. Some teams wonder if the Cardinals could both move outside the top 10 and make a similar move by climbing back up — presumably for a wideout — soon after.

While the Giants have done plenty of homework on this year’s WR class,’s Charles Robinson notes that teams view them as squarely in the mix for a quarterback. The buzz as of Tuesday points to both the Giants and Vikings being higher on Drake Maye compared to J.J. McCarthy, though we are in the heat of smokescreen season. If Maye is off the board, would either New York or Minnesota be ready to pull the trigger for the Michigan alum? The Vikings are believed to be comfortable with more QBs compared to other passer-needy teams, so they could still be interested in trading up with the Cardinals.

It will be on Arizona to determine if it is comfortable risking a drop to a draft slot where the risk of losing out on Harrison, Nabers and Rome Odunze is in play. They are not expected to make a trade until going on the clock Thursday night.

Cardinals In Talks With Three Teams For No. 4, Will Not Trade Pick Until On Clock

The Cardinals armed themselves with three additional picks from Rounds 1-3 in this draft by trading down early in Monti Ossenfort‘s first draft. Arizona sliding down helped Houston and Tennessee end up with Will Anderson Jr. and Will Levis last year. With the Cardinals not needing a quarterback, their No. 4 draft slot should be popular.

On that note, the Cards have been in discussions about moving No. 4. They have spoken to three teams about moving down,’s Albert Breer notes, adding a fourth club is expected to inquire about the selection. With three QBs likely to be off the board by No. 3, the Cardinals hold the gateway for a fourth, which would make this draft the first in NFL history to start QB-QB-QB-QB.

Given what we have heard about a few teams’ hopes in this draft, it is not too difficult to guess who the Cardinals have talked to about a trade. The Vikings have not made it a secret they are interested in moving up, having acquired an extra first-round pick to help them make a strong effort to find a long-term Kirk Cousins replacement. The Giants continue to talk up Daniel Jones confidence, but they have done extensive work on QBs.

Ditto Denver, which probably should still be considered a candidate to move up despite its low-cost Zach Wilson acquisition. The Raiders have been tabbed as being interested in Jayden Daniels; while a Daniels-Antonio Pierce reunion remains unlikely, Las Vegas may not be prepared to merely sit and wait until it goes on the clock at No. 13.

The Cards agreed to the deals with the Texans and Titans last year when they were on the clock; Ossenfort and Co. are not planning to change up their strategy this year. Arizona will not make a deal for No. 4 until it goes on the clock, Breer adds. Though, the team will hope to have trade parameters worked out ahead of that point. Teams regularly set up trades based on draft-board expectations, helping deals move across the goal line on draft night.

A move down would naturally benefit a rebuilding Cardinals team, with a future first-rounder — particularly if the Vikings (No. 11), Broncos (No. 12) or Raiders (No. 13) enter the fray — being automatic in a trade. More assets, based on what it cost the 49ers to climb from No. 12 to No. 3 for Trey Lance three years ago (two future first-rounders and a third), will likely be required. But the Cardinals are also not a lock to move this pick, adding more intrigue into these pre-draft talks.

Links to Marvin Harrison Jr. persist, with Breer adding many expect the Ohio State wide receiver to end up with the Cardinals if they stay at 4. The Cardinals hosted Harrison and were linked to staying at 4 and drafting him recently. This could depend on the quality of the offers the team receives, as other receivers — though, not ones on Harrison’s prospect level — will be available if the team moves out of the top 10.

A deal to slide out of No. 4 and then climb back up the board for a wideout could also be in the cards. The team made a similar move last year, moving from No. 3 to No. 12 and then back to No. 6, with Paris Johnson being the target. Adding prime assets for No. 4 this year would give the Cardinals that opportunity, if they are set on acquiring one of this draft’s top receivers. Teams are wondering if Arizona will take this route, and buzz about the Cardinals’ receiver interest has indeed surfaced over the past few days.

Latest On Teams Targeting WRs In First Round

We know that the Steelers have been identified as a team that could be likely to trade for a veteran wide receiver this offseason, but what about teams looking for wide receivers in the first round? A lot of focus has been placed on teams looking to draft quarterbacks, per usual, but Jason La Canfora of The Washington Post provided us with the names of a few teams targeting pass-catchers on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft. La Canfora identifies the Cardinals, Bears, Colts, Bills, 49ers, and Chiefs as the likely suspects.

Some of these, we’ve heard plenty about already. At No. 4 overall, the Cardinals sit in the line of picks that are all expected to be quarterbacks, according to most mock drafts, meaning they are expected to trade down from the position. Many see them trading back to No. 6, allowing the Giants to select Daniel Jones‘ potential replacement. This would leave them in line to draft the class’s top receiver prospect, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. This could provide Arizona with a new top receiver after the departure of Marquise Brown to Kansas City.

This would require the Chargers to pass on wide receiver, a huge position of need after watching both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams depart this offseason. While it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Los Angeles select Harrison, new general manager Joe Hortiz (from Baltimore) has shown an affinity for Notre Dame prospects like Ronnie Stanley and Kyle Hamilton. Combine that with the addition of new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and connections to Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt make all the sense in the world. Roman’s run-heavy offensive mentality makes tackle a bigger priority than receiver in the first round.

Wide receiver has been seen as less of a priority for the Bears after they acquired Allen in a trade from the Chargers. Still, drafting a top receiver prospect like LSU’s Malik Nabers or Washington’s Rome Odunze could give projected new quarterback Caleb Williams a strong trio of targets with Allen and D.J. Moore. Chicago could pair the draft’s QB1 with a potential WR1 as ESPN’s Matt Miller tells us that there are some teams in the NFL who see Nabers and Odunze as better prospects than Harrison. The three receivers are closer than people may think on most draft boards and their order of preference could come down to scheme and fit.

In Indianapolis, the Colts would love to bring in a first-round receiver for second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson. Josh Downs and Alec Pierce were decent options behind Michael Pittman Jr., but having a true weapon across the field could really help both Richardson and Pittman. If Harrison, Nabers, and Odunze find their way off the board by the time the Colts select at No. 15, LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr. could fall into their lap, though Odunze could still be available if nobody takes a flyer on him as the best player available regardless of position.

At the back end of the first round, wide receiver has become a big need for the Bills after they watched Gabriel Davis depart in free agency and traded away Stefon Diggs to the Texans. Khalil Shakir now leads the position room, and though the top four receivers aren’t expected to be available by the 28th pick, pairing Shakir with Texas’ Adonai Mitchell, FSU’s Keon Coleman, or Florida’s Ricky Pearsall could be productive.

As for the 49ers and Chiefs in the last two picks of the draft, San Francisco is a bit of surprise inclusion after recently paying Deebo Samuel and still currently denying that Brandon Aiyuk is available via trade. Still, if Aiyuk is potentially on the way out, taking flyer on Mitchell, Coleman, or Pearsall could work out.

As for Kansas City, they’ve tried their fair share of veteran free agent additions for Patrick Mahomes, and will do so again with the addition of Brown this offseason, as well as some draft picks in the second round or later. We’ve seen the Chiefs have success with smaller wide receivers with speed, so bringing in Georgia’s Ladd McConkey, Michigan’s Roman Wilson, or Texas’ Xavier Worthy could make a lot of sense.

Whoever doesn’t hear their name called on the first night of the draft shouldn’t have to wait too long. Dane Brugler of The Athletic’s latest mock draft showed the Panthers selecting McConkey with their first pick of the draft, which will be the first pick of the second round. If McConkey is already off the board, Wilson and Worthy offer similar skill sets.

It’s a deep class for wide receivers this year. Top prospects like Harrison, Nabers, Odunze, and Thomas are considered no-brainers as first-round picks. An early run on those four could see many of the pass-catchers behind them find their way into the first round, as well. Even so, there are nearly 20 wideouts with a projected third-round grade or better. Not only is this a wide receiver class with lots of talent up top, but talent throughout will benefit teams who need receivers but will have to target other positions of need first.

Latest On Cardinals’ Draft Plans

During last year’s draft, the Cardinals traded out of the No. 3 spot before jumping back up to No. 6. Could they be eyeing similar moves in 2024?

Some people around the NFL believe GM Monti Ossenfort could be considering that route, although one of the trades would be contingent on the other. As ESPN’s Field Yates writes, the Cardinals would “want to ensure” they they’ll be capable of trading up the board before they move on from their fourth-overall selection.

While trading back would seem to be the more significant move, the organization is focused on moving up from their hypothetical pick acquisition. That’s because the team is especially determined to leave the first round with one of the draft’s elite receivers. If the organization trades No. 4 for a pick that takes them out of the top-10, there’s a good chance they miss out on the likes of Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU’s Malik Nabers, and Washington’s Rome Odunze.

Of course, the Cardinals could just stay put at No. 4 and have their pick of the draft’s top receiver prospects. We heard earlier this week that Harrison, the consensus top player at his position, was a “wheelhouse pick” for Arizona. Amid an unusually structured pre-draft program, Harrison visited the Cardinals recently. However, if the Cardinals believe there isn’t a significant gap between Harrison and the Nabers/Odunze duo, a series of trades could still land them a WR plus extra assets.

After moving back from No. 3 to No. 12 during last year’s draft, the Cardinals ended up moving back up to No. 6 in order to acquire Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.. The trade machinations ended up netting the Cardinals a future first-round pick, a selection that resulted in the No. 27 pick in this year’s draft.