2024 NFL Draft Scouting Notes
— Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan is one of the more underrated players in the 2024 NFL Draft. Last season, McMillian was one of the best slot receivers in college football, hauling in 79 passes for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns. His top trait is his speed, showing the ability to consistently get behind defenders. However, he is far from a one-trick pony. McMillan flexes the toughness and concentration to catch the ball in traffic. In addition to these traits, he also has soft consistent hands, which rarely see him drop a pass.
— While Kansas State’s Cooper Beebe is my top-rated guard in the 2024 NFL Draft, Ohio State Donovan Jackson also carries a first-round grade. What stands out about Jackson is his overall strength. He has one of the most fierce first punches in this class and once he gets his hands on the defender, the play is over. He also moves well for someone 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, showing the agility to get to the second level or pass block quick defensive tackles. He also shows good scheme versatility, exhibiting the power to play in a gap scheme and the athletic ability to operate in a zone-blocking scheme.
— South Dakota State’s Mason McCormick is easily the top small school offensive guard in the 2024 NFL Draft, and he currently carries a day-three draft grade on my board. What stands out about McCormick is his impressive strength, which helped him earn the second-highest Pro Football Focus grade for FCS offensive guards in 2022. In addition to earning that high rating, he has earned All-American honors each of the past three seasons. One more trait that really stands out with McCormick is how well he finishes his blocks, showing the nastiness offensive line coaches love.
— ESPN’s Matt Miller reported that Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. received a perfect score from the scout he talked to. The same tweet also mentioned how he might be the best player in the NFL Draft. While I have some doubts about this report since most scouts don’t give out perfect grades — and if they do they surely don’t give out multiple per year — there is no doubt Harrison is an elite prospect. Harrison’s top trait is his terrific hands, being able to consistently come up with the tough catch or snag the contested pass. He also shows impressive strength, which combined with his 6-foot-4 and 205-pound size, makes him a threat after the catch. One reason I would not give MHJ a perfect grade is his speed. While he isn’t a 4.3 guy, he does have the speed and overall talent to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
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Prediction of the Week
BYU will have a rough first year in the Big 12 and will suffer its first losing season since 2017.