Arizona Cardinals Draft Marvin Harrison Jr. with No. 4 Overall Pick, Making Him Ohio State’s Highest-Drafted Wide Receiver Ever

By Dan Hope on April 25, 2024 at 8:37 pm
Marvin Harrison Jr.

Marvin Harrison Jr. is officially Ohio State’s highest-drafted wide receiver ever.

The Arizona Cardinals selected the former Ohio State wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. Harrison broke the record previously set by Terry Glenn (No. 7 overall pick in 1996) for the highest draft selection ever for an Ohio State wide receiver.

Harrison was the first non-quarterback selected in this year’s draft. Former USC quarterback Caleb Williams (Chicago Bears), former LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels (Washington Commanders) and former North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye (New England Patriots) were the top three picks.

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Harrison becomes the highest-drafted wide receiver from any school since the then-Oakland Raiders selected Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall pick in 2015. He becomes Ohio State’s 17th top-four overall pick all-time, tying USC for the most all-time.

Harrison is Ohio State’s second top-four pick in two years after the Houston Texans drafted C.J. Stroud at No. 2 overall last year.

Ohio State has now had four wide receivers drafted in the first round in the last three years, with Harrison following his former teammates Garrett Wilson (No. 10 overall in 2022), Chris Olave (No. 11 in 2022) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 20 in 2023).

It’s the second consecutive year the Cardinals have drafted a former Ohio State player in the first round. Harrison will join 2023 No. 6 overall pick Paris Johnson Jr. in Arizona.

The Cardinals become just the third team to draft Buckeyes in the first round in back-to-back years, joining the Washington Commanders (Dwayne Haskins in 2019 and Chase Young in 2020) and the New Orleans Saints (Rick Middleton in 1974 and Kurt Schumacher in 1975).

Harrison makes Ohio State draft history after a historic career as a Buckeye in which he became OSU’s first-ever unanimous All-American at wide receiver, achieving that honor twice in 2022 and 2023. He became Ohio State’s second winner of the Biletnikoff Award (joining Glenn) in 2023, when he also won the Big Ten Silver Football and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Harrison will arrive in Arizona with expectations of immediately becoming the Cardinals’ No. 1 wide receiver. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Wilson and Stroud by becoming Ohio State’s third consecutive NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

“Got to keep it at Ohio State. So that’ll be one of my goals,” Harrison said Wednesday.

That said, Harrison knows he has to prove himself all over again now that he’s making the jump from Ohio State to the NFL.

“Kind of like when you’re a five-star going into college, it doesn't really matter how highly you were rated. Once you get there, you gotta go out there and perform,” Harrison said.

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