Top 3 Players in NFL Draft Are Wide Receivers? Daniel Jeremiah on the Weight of Positional Value

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah suggests the 2024 NFL Draft could feature an all-time WR class -- one that includes his favorite player in this year's cycle.

Looking for an explosive, game-changing wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft? While this year’s deep crop of pass catchers contains plenty of options, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah suggested Thursday that the upcoming draft could feature one of the most memorable WR classes in recent memory.

Daniel Jeremiah Reveals His Favorite Player in the 2024 NFL Draft

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU’s Malik Nabers, and Washington’s Rome Odunze are widely viewed as the top three wideouts in the 2024 draft.

Pro Football Network draft analyst Ian Cummings has Harrison at No. 1, Nabers at 6, and Odunze at 10 in his rankings. Jeremiah has Harrison at 2, Odunze at 3, and Nabers at 7.

“If you just look purely off of grade and not positional value, … I think you could make a case the three highest-graded players in the draft are those three receivers,” Jeremiah said in a conference call.

“They are outstanding. I think they’re all gonna be No. 1 guys where they go.”

Last year’s draft featured a four-pick run on wideouts, but it didn’t start until the Seattle Seahawks selected Jaxon Smith-Njigba at No. 20.

The 2024 draft will more closely resemble drafts from 2021 and 2022, when at least three wide receivers came off the board inside the top 10.

In 2021, the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins landed Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle at pick Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, before the Philadelphia Eagles grabbed DeVonta Smith 10th overall.

The following year, Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and Jameson Williams were drafted as top-12 selections. Jahan Dotson lasted until No. 16, while Treylon Burks was the final first-round WR at No. 18.

Harrison is expected to be the first WR chosen in 2024. Jeremiah has the Ohio State product heading to the New England Patriots at No. 3 in his most recent mock draft, while Cummings sent Harrison to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 4.

“With Marvin, you kind of get the big power forward who’s got some really good quickness for a big guy and really tracks the ball extremely well,” Jeremiah said.

While Jeremiah has Harrison ranked higher, Odunze is the NFL Network analyst’s “favorite player in the draft.” The Washington star totaled more than 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns over his final two seasons with the Huskies, earning unanimous All-American honors in 2023.

“(Odunze has) unbelievable tracking skills to go up and get it and combat catches,” Jeremiah said, comparing Odunze’s physicality to future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Jeremiah has Nabers going to Arizona at No. 4, while Cummings has the LSU wide receiver going to the New York Giants two picks later.

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“Nabers is just like a stick of dynamite,” Jeremiah said. “He’s super, super explosive — just get the ball in his hands and let him go.

“I think there’s more to him in terms of a route runner. I think he’ll get more opportunities to show that at the next level. But he is ultra explosive.”

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