Will the New England Patriots land one of the two quarterbacks entering the 2024 NFL Draft, or will they take an opportunity to select an elite talent at another position? With a 2-7 record and currently sitting with the No. 5 overall pick, the Patriots will have a big decision to make in version 2.0 of the 3-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
With both Caleb Williams and Drake Maye off the board through the first four picks, Ohio State star receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. will be there at No. 5. That will leave the Patriots with a decision to make with possible securing their left tackle position with Notre Dame’s Joe Alt or taking a shot at Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.
There will also be possibilities to trade down for more picks, but in this version of the Mock Draft, the Patriots stand pat and finally secure a big-time playmaker who could change the game in New England.
No. 5 – New England Patriots select Marvin Harrison Jr., WR Ohio State
This elite talent being available at No. 5 will be the shock of the night, but with the teams ahead of the Patriots having other needs, Marvin Harrison Jr. will fall a bit and Bill Belichick or whoever is making the draft decisions come draft time will be crazy to pass the opportunity up.
In drafting Harrison Jr., it would appear the team will be sticking with Mac Jones at quarterback for another season (we will get to that later in this mock draft). At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, this exciting wide receiver is the big man on campus at Ohio State. In helping lead the Buckeyes to a 9-0 record, Harrison Jr. has already racked up 52 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Wouldn’t those numbers be nice in New England?
What makes Harrison Jr. such a generational talent is even in games where he doesn’t rack up big stats, he still finds ways to help his team win games. With just 4 catches for 25 yards against Rutgers, the dynamic receiver caught two late touchdown passes to lead his team to victory.
So, whether the quarterback is Mac Jones or someone else, Marvin Harrison Jr. as a weapon will help that quarterback have some success leading the Patriots offense in 2024 and beyond.