2024 Dynasty Rookie WR Rankings: Where Do Marvin Harrison Jr., Ladd McConkey, and Keon Coleman Land in the Rankings?

With the NFL Combine in the books, how drastically has the dynasty rookie WR rankings changed for the top prospects approaching the 2024 NFL Draft?

If you’re one of those dynasty fantasy football managers who love to hoard draft picks in your league, you may have done yourself a huge favor for your upcoming rookie draft this year.

The sheer depth of high-end talent entering the professional ranks from the wide receiver position this upcoming season has many wondering if this could turn out to be one of the best classes ever.

Many dynasty managers swear by building the foundation of their team around the wide receiver position, and this rookie crop could provide the type of core pieces to your roster that could give you high floor of weekly production for years to come.

Since the draft process is now in full swing, what do the dynasty rookie WR rankings look like heading into April?

Dynasty Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings 2024

The NFL Combine may be in the books, but these rankings are certainly subject to change as we get more information on these prospects from remaining pro days, NFL Draft capital, and landing spots. Here is a closer look at my rookie WR rankings.

1) Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

The blue-chip prospect atop many draft pundits’ big boards is Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. His unique blend of size, speed, and ball skills is combined with unusual hip fluidity, route-running nuance, and a diverse release package, making him one of the best receiver prospects I’ve ever come across.

He is a special talent who can thrive across the entire formation while operating on all three levels of the football field.

The other top prospects in this class certainly have a case for the WR1 title, but Harrison is the player who has the fewest holes in his game entering the NFL.

2) Malik Nabers, LSU

The amount of elite talent LSU has put into the league over the last decade is only rivaled by Ohio State and Alabama. Names like Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase and Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson immediately come to mind when discussing who is the top receiver in the NFL at the current moment.

Don’t be surprised if WR Malik Nabers quickly enters that conversation very shortly.

His elite twitch, suddenness, and change-of-direction abilities put DBs in a constant state of operating at a leverage disadvantage. Now, throw in his route deception at the top of the stem, exceptional predatory aggressiveness attacking the ball at the catch point, and dynamic playmaking ability after the catch, and you have the recipe for a future star in the NFL.

For those of you who want to put Nabers as the WR1 overall in your dynasty rookie rankings, you certainly have a plausible case.

3) Rome Odunze, Washington

When discussing the top receiver prospects in this class, Washington’s Rome Odunze usually falls in line after the aforementioned top two prospects just mentioned, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a special talent in his own right.

Odunze possesses a great prospect profile — size and speed combination — paired with elite body control and ball-tracking skills give him an elite catch radius, projecting him to be an instant impact player at the next level while operating on the outside.

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His effortless speed, combined with his smoothness as a route runner, suggests he could be an elite separator at the next level.

His lack of consistency in beating press man coverage and play strength after the catch is what likely drops him out of the top tier, but his fantasy ceiling certainly could rival the top two prospects if he gets a favorable landing spot and continues to develop the other aspects of his game.

4) Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

LSU WR Brian Thomas Jr. is yet another gifted pass catcher blessed with an exceptional physical profile, top-shelf body control, and great hands away from his frame at the catch point that projects perfectly to operate as an X-receiver at the next level.

His fluidity, suddenness, and vertical speed are a special blend for a player standing 6’3” and 209 pounds.

Sure, Thomas only has one year’s worth of elite production, a bit of a limited route tree, and some footwork that could use some extra refinement at the breakpoint, but he has a sky-high ceiling that rivals some of the elite prospects in this class.

5) Adonai Mitchell, Texas

This ranking of Texas WR Adonai Mitchell may be aggressive because the college production doesn’t exactly compare to many of his peers, but when you watch how effortlessly this kid can separate off the line of scrimmage and at the breakpoint, you quickly understand why he could be a very successful pro early in his NFL career.

6) Ladd McConkey, Georgia

One of the reasons the aforementioned Mitchell didn’t have noteworthy production from his days at Georgia had something to do with playing alongside WR Ladd McConkey.

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McConkey’s diverse release package against press coverage, consistent ability to create separation out of the stem, and ability to create after the catch — namely with manufactured touches in the screen, tap pass, and quick game — make him an NFL-ready slot contributor who is capable of flexing outside on occasion.

7) Xavier Worthy, Texas

The surface in Indianapolis where Texas WR Xavier Worthy ran a historic 4.21 40-yard dash may very well still be on fire from how fast he was moving at the NFL Combine.

Worthy’s acceleration is among the best in the class and is only rivaled by his elite top-end speed. His variations in tempo, timing, and deception at the apex of his route stem help him effortlessly create separation as a route runner.

His lighter frame will certainly cause some limitations for him in contested-catch situations and trying to win at the line of scrimmage and breakpoint against physical DBs who possess the athleticism to physically get their hands on him, but his impact as a vertical deep threat should be instantaneous the day he steps onto an NFL field.

8) Keon Coleman, Florida State

FSU’s Keon Coleman didn’t exactly do his draft stock any favors after running a 4.61 time in the 40, but top-end speed was never his biggest calling card anyway. Unfortunately, the poor 40-time only gives further cause for concern regarding his ability to consistently separate at the next level.

These concerns don’t mean Coleman isn’t another specimen loaded with physical gifts — namely elite contested-catch skills, body control, and a prototypical X-receiver build — who has the potential to dominate against smaller DBs, but the pitfalls need to be taken into account when projecting him to the next level.

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He certainly flashed dominant traits of a productive outside receiver — which gives him a higher fantasy ceiling than some of the players listed ahead of him on this list — but the limitations with respect to the skills that will enable him to consistently win entering the NFL give him a very wide range of outcomes.

9) Xavier Legette, South Carolina

All eyes at the NFL Combine were looking at South Carolina’s Xavier Legette to confirm his potentially elite size and speed measurables. Although he came in a bit smaller than expected, Legette still clocked in at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at 6’1” 221 pounds.

Legette possesses all of the physical tools of an alpha X-receiver at the next level. His flashes of excellence with a rare combination of size and speed which have him loaded with top-end potential.

However, his overall pedestrian collegiate production scream to his inconsistency winning against press man coverage and lack of route-running refinement, which make him one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in this class.

10) Troy Franklin, Oregon

If an NFL team is in search of a vertical weapon who has shown consistent improvement throughout his entire collegiate career, then Oregon’s Troy Franklin is going to be very tough to pass on when the 2024 NFL Draft rolls around.

Franklin’s elite speed — which is more a reflection of his tape than his 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine — makes him a deep threat with plus playmaking ability as a yards-after-catch creator.

However, he is far from a one-trick pony, boasting surprisingly sudden feet — which helps give him a serviceable release package to beat press — and some route-running deception when operating against off coverage.

His play strength — both at the breakpoint and catch point — and issues with drops in 2023 could be his potential pitfalls, but his game-breaking speed and consistent improvement throughout his collegiate career suggest he is someone who could continue to develop into far more than just a deep threat at the next level.

2024 Dynasty Rookie WR Rankings | 11-20

11) Ja’Lynn Polk | Washington
12) Malik Washington | Virginia
13) Ricky Pearsall | Florida
14) Malachi Corley | Western Kentucky
15) Roman Wilson | Michigan
16) Devontez Walker | North Carolina
17) Brenden Rice | USC
18) Jermaine Burton | Alabama
19) Jalen McMillan | Washington
20) Will Sheppard | Vanderbilt

With the fantasy football season behind us, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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