If Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. decides against returning to school, it’s unlikely to be influenced by his NFL draft prospects.

According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, the Arizona Cardinals, positioned for the No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2024 draft, are considering selecting Harrison. A respected NFL personnel official even labeled the junior wide receiver as “the premier non-quarterback prospect in this year’s class.”

Harrison’s on-field contributions have been substantial, tallying 144 receptions, 2,474 yards, and 28 touchdowns across the last two seasons. However, these numbers scarcely capture the true impact he’s had on the Buckeyes’ passing game. This season, he often appeared to be the linchpin holding the unit together.

The assertion that Harrison stands out as the top non-QB—or possibly the supreme overall prospect—in the draft isn’t a fringe viewpoint. He recently held the top spot on Bleacher Report’s prominent big board, with B/R scout Derrik Klassen drawing comparisons between him and seven-time Pro Bowler A.J. Green.

Even ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., while ranking USC’s Caleb Williams ahead, positioned Harrison as second in his evaluations.

“In terms of pre-draft grading for a wideout, the younger Harrison is on course to receive my highest rating since Calvin Johnson (2007) and Larry Fitzgerald (2004),” Kiper noted. “Harrison encompasses every aspect, from exceptional size and remarkable hands to extraordinary body control and impressive speed.”

Recent reports of Harrison skipping a practice session before the Cotton Bowl suggest an impending announcement about his decision to forego his senior year. If this materializes, it’s likely to be well received by teams aiming for a top-five draft pick.

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