Marvin Harrison Jr didn't need the NFL Combine to showcase his elite status

Top Ohio State prospect Marvin Harrison Jr skipped the NFL Combine, but that won't matter in the long run.
Former Ohio State star Marvin Harrison Jr
Former Ohio State star Marvin Harrison Jr / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

With the 2024 NFL Draft on the horizon, now's arguably the best time for NFL prospects to showcase their skills to get ahead of the draft. Because of this, there's a reason why an NFL Scouting Combine gets held every year, considering it's one of the best ways for teams to evaluate what the draft pool has to offer. 

Marvin Harrison Jr's decision not to workout at the NFL Combine

While the combine is a perfect outlet for prospects to showcase their craft, top wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr chose not to participate in this year's NFL Combine. The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former pro-bowl wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, Marvin Harrison, MHJ is among the most hyped players coming out of this year's NFL Draft field. Being a stand-out wide receiver out of Ohio State, Harrison Jr garnered a decorated list of accomplishments during his tenure with the team. 

It's worth mentioning before he ever played his first game in college, Harrison Jr already established an impressive reputation as a four-star prospect. MHJ would eventually live up to the hype he had after high school, considering what he accomplished in playing for Ohio State, being a two-time Unanimous All-American, and was the 2023 Big-Ten Offensive Player of the Year. 

Marvin Harrison Jr. already established as a generational star

While Harrison Jr skipping the combine may seem to hinder his chances of standing out as the top wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft class, deciding not to workout at the NFL Combine won't matter due to what he already accomplished in his college career. Considering he's among the most hype wide receivers to come out of college, one could argue that MHJ didn't need to participate in the NFL Combine due to the overwhelmingly positive reputation he's established for himself on and off the field.

Bryan Murphy of The Sporting News writes:

"The Ohio State product has already built up an extremely impressive resume ahead of the draft. Harrison Jr. is the reigning Biletnikoff Award recipient, given to the most outstanding receiver in college. He has put up back-to-back 1,200-yard and 14-TD seasons. He is regarded as the top receiver in this draft class for quite some time, and nothing that happens at the combine is going to change that."

One thing's for sure is Marvin Harrison Jr not working out at this year's Combine will not put a dent on his draft outlook as the top playmaker on the board. The only thing that matters for Harrison Jr is whether or not he can transcend his college success to the NFL level and there is no doubt he will.