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. 25-29

25. Drake Stoops, Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Drake Stoops will not be one of the top testers in the predraft process, but one thing is for sure the kid knows how to play football. Stoops is an extremely smart player who does a great job of finding the open spots in coverage. This trait helped him catch 84 passes for 962 yards and also led the Big 12 with 10 touchdowns. He also has good strength that helps him pick up yards after the catch and be one of the better blockers in the 2024 wide receiver class. The biggest reason why he will fall to the late part of the draft or go undrafted is his lack of measurables coming in at only 5-foot-10 and also lacking the type of speed you want to see out of a smaller wide receiver. Draft Grade: Seventh Round

26. J. Michael Sturdivant, UCLA

Even though J. Michael Sturdivant saw a drop in production this year, he still carries a draftable grade. After leading the nation’s freshmen in receptions and receptions per game (5.4) and receiving yards with 755 yards he only caught 36 passes this year for 597 yards. Sturdivant who started his career at California saw the best game of his UCLA Bruin career happen last month in the LA Bowl. In this game, he caught four passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. When looking at how his game translates to the NFL he has NFL size, athletic ability, and speed. However, to see significant playing time at the next level he is going to have to improve his playing strength and continue to work on his route running. Draft Grade: Seventh Round

27. Isaiah Williams, Illinois

Illinois’s Isaiah Williams has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the Big Ten. This season he led the conference in receptions with 82, which was 15 more catches than any other player. He also finished second in the Big 10 in yards with 1,055. Over the past two seasons he became the first player in the conference to have 80+ catches in back-to-back seasons. His most attractive NFL trait is likely how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands. He led the Big 10 this season with 553 yards after the catch, and also averaged 9.1 yards per punt return during his time with the Fighting Illini. The issues scouts will likely have with him is that he is on the smaller side, possesses only average speed, and will only fit as a slot at the next level. Draft Grade: Seventh Round

28. Jamari Thrash, Louisville

The top asset with Louisville wide receiver Jamari Thrash is his ability to gain separation on his routes. He does a terrific job of breaking down on his routes and shows the fluid hips to be a strong rout runner in the NFL. Unfortunately, no other traits really stick out with his game. He drops way to many passes especially in traffic. He also is not a very physical player who can fight through traffic to make the catch or run through tacklers after the catch. This lack of physicality also hurt him when it comes to his blocking as does his lack of aggression. Overall, he will need a big Senior Bowl week in order to be anything more than a late round draft pick. Draft Grade: Seventh Round

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29. Elijhah Badger, Arizona State

One of the better kick returners in the 2024 NFL Draft is Arizona State’s, Elijhah Badger who averaged an impressive 28.9 on 20 kickoff returns last year. In addition to being able to return kicks Badger is a good sized target who shows good agility for his size. Draft Grade: Seventh Round