Why Can’t Marvin Harrison Jr. Go Pro? Is the Ohio State WR Eligible?

    Why couldn't Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. go pro after the 2022 season, and is he eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft? Here's a closer look at his status.

    Is Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft, and will he be able to go pro after the 2023 campaign? Here’s a look at Harrison’s current eligibility and where he stands in the 2024 NFL Draft WR class.

    Is Marvin Harrison Jr. Draft-Eligible?

    The short answer is: He can go pro now. But the question “Why can’t Marvin Harrison Jr. go pro?” is one many people were asking during Harrison’s terrific 2022 season.

    In 2022, Harrison caught 77 passes for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns, putting himself in contention for the Biletnikoff Award — given annually to the best wide receiver in college football. The award was ultimately given to Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt, but Harrison was still a unanimous All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

    Harrison’s tape in 2022 was easily good enough for him to be considered as an NFL Draft prospect already. Many evaluators contest that Harrison would have been the WR1 of the 2023 NFL Draft class — over first-round picks like Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Zay Flowers, Quentin Johnston, and Jordan Addison.

    Unfortunately, Harrison was not yet eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft after the 2022 season, and that’s why he was unable to go pro at the time.

    Harrison was only a true sophomore in 2022. In order to be eligible for the NFL Draft, players must be at least three years removed from high school. Once past this three-year threshold, underclassmen can declare early and forgo the remaining seasons of their college eligibility.

    As the 2023 season carries on, Harrison is now a true junior. Once he sees out his third campaign at the collegiate level, he will indeed be eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft, and he’ll be able to finally go pro — a long-anticipated endeavor for the son of Indianapolis Colts Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison Sr.

    Harrison Is an Elite Pro Prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft

    Harrison is one of the best WR prospects in recent memory, and some evaluators — myself included — believe he’s close to the generational tier. He’s comfortably the preliminary WR1 in the 2024 NFL Draft class amid a talented group that includes teammate Emeka Egbuka, LSU’s Malik Nabers, FSU’s Keon Coleman, Washington’s Rome Odunze, and others.

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    For the full breakdown of Harrison’s strengths, weaknesses, and projection as a 2024 NFL Draft prospect, you can view his full scouting report right here at Pro Football Network.

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