Former Ohio State Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Won’t Work Out at NFL Scouting Combine

By Chase Brown on February 26, 2024 at 10:48 am
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Marvin Harrison Jr. is expected to be one of the first players selected in the 2024 NFL draft. As the NFL Scouting Combine starts this week, the two-time unanimous All-American will let his film speak for itself.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Harrison will be in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine to interview with teams but will not participate in workouts. Harrison is also not expected to work out at Ohio State’s pro day, Breer and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday.

Since declaring for the NFL draft, Harrison has focused on continuing to develop his skills as a football player, Breer wrote in his column. Harrison has not trained for combine drills such as the 40-yard dash, three-cone shuttle or bench press. He has, however, continued to work on his route-running and catching at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

“He can simply tell NFL teams to turn on the tape – how he runs a 40, or a three-cone drill, or routes on air probably won’t change how high he’s going to go,” Breer wrote. “His sterling reputation as a worker and a person also give Harrison even more flexibility here. That allows everyone to view Harrison’s plan as strictly a business decision, made with an eye towards having a great rookie year, rather than as some reflection on his character.”

At Ohio State, Harrison collected 155 receptions for 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns across 38 appearances. He was a two-time Big Ten Receiver of the Year and one-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He also was one of four finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy, coming in fourth place behind Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix.

In April, Harrison – who does not have an agent – will look to become one of the highest-drafted wide receiver prospects in recent history, joining an elite cast of pass-catchers like Julio Jones (No. 6 overall in 2011), Ja'Marr Chase (No. 5 overall in 2021), A.J. Green (No. 4 overall in 2011) and Calvin Johnson (No. 2 overall in 2007). He is expected to be the highest-drafted Ohio State wide receiver ever, surpassing Terry Glenn, who was the No. 7 overall pick in 1996.

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