The 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class is loaded as it has five players with first-round grades and a total of 12 players who have day one or day two grades. This group is led by Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, and Malik Nabers all whom have top-15 grades.
The class also features plenty of sleepers in it led by Jerry Rice's son Brenden Rice who like his dad has some of the best hands at the position. Another player who carries a day three grade who will likely surprise people is USC's Tahj Washington who is a dangerous playmaker with the ball in his hands. Overall, 29 players earn draftable grades, and in this article we break down each one of these prospects.
2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class ranking No. 1-4
1. Marvin Harrison JR, Ohio State
There is no doubt that Marvin Harrison Jr. is the top wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft. Harrison has all the skills to be a true number-one receiver at the next level including strong hands that he uses to attack the ball. He also has impressive strength that allows him to catch the ball consistently in traffic and also break tackles after the catch. One more positive with him is his agility, especially for a 6-foot-4 205-pound wideout. He uses this agility to adjust to the poorly thrown ball and consistently makes sharp cuts on his routes. Look for Harrison to be a top-five pick next April and develop into one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Draft Grade: First Round
2. Rome Odunze, Washington
The top deep threat in the 2024 NFL Draft is Rome Odunze. Last season, Odunze led the nation in targets of more than 20 yards downfield. He also came up with an impressive 70.8% of contested catches this year, which highlights how impressive he is in jump ball situations. In addition to being a downfield threat Odunze is an impressive athlete, especially for a 6-foot-3 wide receiver and this athletic ability gives him a tremendous catch radious. One thing he can work on is using his 4.38 40-yard dash speed to gain more separation especially on deep routes. Draft Grade: First Round
3. Malik Nabers, LSU
The most productive wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft is LSU’s Malik Nabers. This season Nabers led the FBS in receiving yards with 1,546 yards and also finished second in the nation with 14 touchdowns. Another impressive stat with Nabers is that he led the FBS in first-down receptions with 69 catches. The biggest reason for his elite production is his impressive hands. Over the last two years, he has a drop rate of just 3.1% and he has consistently made the difficult catch. Another positive trait with him is his contact balance which makes him dangerous after the catch. An area where he is below some of the wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft is going and getting the jump ball. Draft Grade: First Round
4. Keon Coleman, Florida State
The biggest riser in the 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class is Florida State’s Keon Coleman. Coleman entered the year as a fourth round pick on my board, but now has a mid-first round pick. The biggest reason he has flown up the draft board is his ability to make the big play. This season 20% of his catches went for touchdowns and he has made numerous circus catches this year. In addition to being a threat in the red zone, top-notch athletic ability, and ideal NFL size he also has shown an ability to help out on special teams averaging 12 yards on 25 punt returns this season. One concern scouts will likely have with him though is he is not a very physical wide receiver and is not going to outmuscle many defensive backs for the ball, but instead will rely on his agility to go get the ball. Draft Grade: First Round