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Marvin Harrison Jr. Dynasty Value

By C. H. Herms | Updated on Mon, 22 Apr 2024 . 10:43 AM EDT
Marvin Harrison Jr. Dynasty Value: There's not much to dislike about his fantasy football outlook.

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You might remember his father, Marvin Sr.

Heck, the former Buckeye even plays a little like his Hall of Fame parent.

But Marvin Harrison Jr. is bigger, likely faster, and has a great chance to make his own mark on the NFL as the top-rated WR in the 2024 draft class.

What makes the wunderkind so special?

Read on and find out ...

   

Marvin Harrison Jr. Dynasty Values

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Non-PPR 76 Non-PPR 57
PPR 74 PPR 67
TE Premium 74 TE Premium 65

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Marvin Harrison Jr. Draft Profile

Position: WR
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 209
BMI:
25.0
Draft Age: 21.6
NFL Draft Pick: TBD


Draft Sharks Model Score: 9.06
Analytics Score: 0.68
Film Score: 0.68
Production Score: 0.88

Marvin Harrison Jr. Combine Results

Wingspan Arm Length HAnd Size 40-yard Dash 10-yard split
77.25" 31.88" 9.5" N/A N/A
Bench Press Vertical Broad Jump 3-cone drill 20-yard shuttle
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Percentiles vs Combine WRs since 1999, per MockDraftable

Marvin Harrison Jr. College Stats

Games REc Tgts rec% Yds TDs adot y/rr
2021 13 11 16 68.8% 139 3 9.9 1.09
2022 13 77 118 65.3% 1,263 14 14.3 3.18
2023 12 67 114 58.8% 1,211 14 13.1 3.44

Stud WR Had to Wait

Harrison Jr. was a four-star recruit (WR14 in the country) in the 2021 class from St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, a school he helped lead to three consecutive state titles.

He received 19 D-1 offers before choosing Ohio State.

Harrison Jr. didn't produce much as a freshman in 2021, though it's understandable when you consider the trio of wideouts ahead of him on the depth chart at the time:

  • Garrett Wilson
  • Chris Olave
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Opportunity Leads to Stardom

In 2022, Harrison quickly emerged as QB C.J. Stroud's favorite target, posting stellar numbers in 2022.

Among collegiate WRs with at least 100 targets, MHJ ranked first in Pro Football Focus receiving grade, second in yards per route run (3.18), and fifth in receiving yards (1,263). The talented pass-catcher also led the Big Ten in receiving TDs (14).

Harrison Jr. earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was voted a unanimous All-American selection.

OSU Offense Took a Step Back in 2023

After losing Stroud to the NFL, the Buckeye offense had some struggles with QB Kyle McCord.

But even with the new QB, Harrison was able to shine in his final college season.

He was again named first-team All-Big Ten a unanimous All-American. Harrison also ranked:

  • fifth in PFF grade, among WRs with 100+ targets
  • fourth in yards per route run (3.44)
  • eighth in receiving yards (1,211)

Harrison won the 2023 Biletnikoff Award -- given to college football's best WR -- before opting to declare for the NFL Draft.

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Marvin Harrison Jr. Highlights

Games watched: Georgia 2022 (Peach Bowl), Michigan 2022, Penn State 2022, Iowa 2022, Indiana 2022, Notre Dame 2023, Michigan State 2023, Michigan 2023

MHJ plays with admirable fluidity.

The youngster demonstrates great body control and a strong connection between his head and his hips. It’s hard to watch him and not see some of the traits that made his father a superstar.

Harrison Jr.'s most valuable trait is his ability to ramp his speed up and throttle down quickly.

He’s not out there tap dancing with tremendous footwork to get free from defenders. Harrison understands when to kick up the speed and separate.

MHJ does leverage his size well along the sidelines and in red-zone situations, but in the green zone he’s relying on swift movement to find his way open.

In this way, Harrison is one of the smartest prospects I’ve watched in a long time.

WR Keeps Plays Alive

These traits are particularly helpful when plays start to break down.

I found several instances -- particularly with Stroud in 2022 -- where MHJ doesn’t just stop when his route ends.

We often see WRs in the NFL or college reach the end of their route, hesitate, and then resume running to get open for their QB.

Harrison does a great job of following the progression and path of the play, and where the QB is straying, without hesitation. That skill separates him from many WRs.

(Harrison starts at the bottom in this clip.)

Marvin Harrison Jr. helps keep the play alive with QB C.J. Stroud and gets the TD. This ability helps his dynasty value.

As QB C.J. Stroud wanders out of the pocket, Harrison Jr. wades through Georgia defenders and follow's Stroud's signal to come back toward the end of the play before ultimately scoring a TD.

It's easy to find instances of Harrison making awesome plays on screens or across the middle. But what's more impressive is his ability to make tough sideline catches -- even though he often doesn't play up to his size.

Let's explore deeper into what makes MHJ a walking highlight reel.

Press Coverage Can Stop Him

A light concern for Harrison comes from his ability to manage tight press coverage.

Sure, he’s 6’4, but he doesn’t play like a big receiver. He is capable of being shut down when a DB lines up close and presses him.

That’s where NFL comps to larger, more traditional X-type WRs fall apart.

MHJ is a 'Tweener

Harrison might not play to his size, but he counters that with IQ and presence of mind. You'll see soon that this particular "weakness" shouldn't concern you much.

When given space to get up to speed on sideline routes, Harrison displays a propensity to make awe-inspiring catches:

Marvin Harrison Jr. contorts his body along the sideline to keep one foot inbounds to complete a catch vs. Indiana. Body control will be key to his dynasty value.

This catch from 2022 vs. Indiana wouldn't count in the NFL because he only got one foot in bounds. But Harrison showcases spatial awareness and contorts himself to secure the catch. (Which did count by college rules.)

Here are some more examples of solid field-stretching plays from Harrison.

First, this is a great deep route vs. Penn State in which he utilizes his speed to separate from the DB to make nice grab:

Marvin Harrison Jr. accelerates down the sideline to gain separation from a Penn State cornerback to secure a catch. Speed boosts his dynasty value.

Second, MHJ is pressed toward the sideline by a Notre Dame defender before contorting his body to make a very difficult catch in heavy traffic:

Marvin Harrison Jr. runs along the sideline to make a tough contested catch vs. Notre Dame. His contested-catch ability can only help his dynasty value.

Overall, MHJ is a bit of a paradox. He has not displayed a propensity for executing more common “small WR” responsibilities while also not wholly fitting into the traditional X archetype either.

It might sound lazy, but he's really just a taller version of his father in many ways.

   

Dynasty Value Conclusion

It's hard not to be hypnotized by the smoothness of MHJ.

Some favor LSU's Malik Nabers, who did see more diverse route usage in college. But Harrison's overall feel for the game and ability to mind meld with a QB who looks to extend plays is tantalizing.

He makes sense as the first non-QB in superflex rookie drafts.

MHJ already sits WR6 in our dynasty WR rankings.

Harrison is an odd prospect ... but not in a bad way. This is a unique player with a skill set that screams less “he’s a great WR” and more “he’s just a phenomenal football player.”

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Marvin Harrison Jr. Team Fit: Arizona Cardinals

While any of the 32 NFL teams would become instantly better with Harrison as part of their receiving corps, it's plain to see how well he'd fit the Cardinals at fourth overall.

Kyler Murray is the type of QB who is willing to extend plays with his legs, and Harrison would complement that skill set tremendously.

So few WRs come to mind who seem to float on the field and use their IQ and natural athleticism to get open as well as Harrison does.

That's exactly the type of receiver that Arizona desperately needs to continue building out and elevating its offense.

 

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