With another new college football season comes a fresh batch of talent vying for early-round consideration in the 2024 NFL Draft. Predicting when a player is taken is hard enough days before the draft begins, but embarking on this task in the summer is even more difficult.
The 2024 NFL Draft Is Packed To The Brim With Talent
Keeping that in mind, these rankings are far from locked in. I still have several prospects to watch. I most likely haven’t gotten around to watching them yet if a high-profile name is missing. Now that the rambling is over, let’s jump right into this top 50 big board with a quarterback garnering rave reviews at No. 1.
No. 1: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Williams flexes elite arm talent and an otherworldly ability to create something out of nothing. His overall skill set is unprecedented, as the former five-star talent rarely exhibits “textbook” mechanics. The USC star lacks the ideal size teams look for, but he checks every other box. Williams is a franchise-altering prospect.
No. 2: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
If Williams did not exist, Harrison Jr. would be far and away the best prospect available at the 2024 NFL Draft. He boasts WR1 size while showcasing body control and hands that will immediately rank him amongst the best in the league. The only concern I have on tape — and it is a small one — is Harrison’s top-end speed. He may not be as quick as his pops, but he makes up for it in many other areas.
No. 3: Olu Fashanu, OL, Penn State
If Fashanu had declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, he would have been taken inside the top 10. Going further, the Penn State standout was the top-rated offensive tackle on my big board. He is *that* good. So, why did he return to college?
Fashanu’s family values “finishing what you start”. The 20-year-old budding star aims to get his Master’s degree before taking his talents to the NFL. At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, the Junior lineman has the size and skill set to be a cornerstone on the blind side. Even if he needs some work in the run game.