Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, and Malik Nabers lead an elite 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class

Previewing a stacked 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class.
Marvin Harrison Jr. leads a strong 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver group
Marvin Harrison Jr. leads a strong 2024 NFL Draft wide receiver group / Aaron J. Thornton/GettyImages
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2024 NFL Draft wide receiver class ranking No. 5-8

5. Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State

The 2023 season was not the type of season Emeka Egbuka was hoping for as he battled injuries most of the season. After finishing ninth nationally in receiving yards and catches 10 yards or more his production dropped significantly this year. This down year could make him one of the better value picks in the 2024 NFL Draft if he falls to the second round. His most impressive trait is his explosiveness which has led to him having a 95% overall separation percentage over the past two seasons. This speed has also made him a dangerous threat after the catch, and one of the more dangerous kick returners in college football. In addition to his injury history and lack of production this year, another concern is he is not the most physical wide receiver and might have trouble vs. press coverage. Draft Grade: First Round

Emeka Egbuka, Ja'Den McBurrows
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6. Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

The 2023 season was a true breakout year for LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr. Going into the 2023 season his most receiving yards in a game was 65. This season he has topped that mark eight times, and also has 15 touchdowns. The former standout high school basketball player uses the same traits that allowed him to score more than 1,000 points in each of his three high school seasons of basketball to dominant on the football field. One of these traits is attacking the ball on jump ball situations which helped him make 25% of his receptions this year go for touchdowns. Another trait he has that scouts will like is his ability to gain separation despite being one of the bigger wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft. One thing that will likely cause him to fall to the second day of the draft is that he is not a very precious rout runner, and does most of his damage on go routes. Draft Grade: Second Round

7. Troy Franklin, Oregon

One of the biggest playmakers in the 2024 NFL Draft is Oregon’s Troy Franklin who averaged an impressive 17.1 yards per catch on 81 receptions this year. One way Franklin posses a threat to a defense is his blazing speed. Another way he does his ability to pick up yards after the catch due to his elusivness. A concern I do have with him though is that the 6-foot-3 wide out only comes in at 187 pounds. This lack of bulk hurts him in contested catch situations and also when trying to get off press coverage. Draft Grade: Second Round

8. Adonai Mitchell, Texas

Adonai Mitchell who was a member of Inside the War Room’s All-Underrated team going into the season, definitely lived up to that billing this season. He had easily the best year of his career setting personal bests for catches, yards, yards per catch, and touchdowns. As a pro prospect, he is an impressive rout runner who is one of the more natural wideouts in the 2024 NFL Draft. An issue he will have to make sure comes out clean is the ankle injury that cost him most of the 2022 season. Draft Grade: Second Round