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Is the Arizona Cardinals' top pick, Marvin Harrison, likely to be a draft flop or an offensive rookie?

The Arizona Cardinals made a big splash in the NFL Draft when they selected Marvin Harrison Jr. with the fourth overall pick. As the best receiver in this year's draft, Harrison Jr. is poised to become Kyler Murray's primary weapon in the Cardinals' offense. His performance in college football has been nothing short of exceptional, and his arrival in Arizona is generating a wave of excitement and high expectations.

Dominant college career

In his final season at Ohio State in 2023, Harrison Jr. showcased his outstanding talent and won the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver, and was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press. In addition, he was named the Big Ten Conference Wide Receiver of the Year and selected to the first-team All-Big Ten Conference.

Harrison Jr. also led his team with 67 pass catches, proving his reliability and consistency as a primary target. He ranked third in the FBS with 14 pass catches and was 10th in the nation with 1,211 pass catches, averaging an impressive 18.1 yards per catch. One of Harrison Jr.'s most notable accomplishments is that he is the first player in Ohio State history to catch 1,000 yards in two seasons.

NFL Legacy

Marvin Harrison Jr. comes from a family with a rich football tradition. His father, Marvin Harrison Sr., was a legendary wide receiver at Syracuse and later had a glittering NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl XLI champion and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marvin Harrison Sr. set a high standard for excellence. Following in his father's footsteps, Harrison Jr. has already begun to create his own legacy with his outstanding college career and now his entry into the NFL.

May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass during rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Tempe. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass during rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Tempe. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The future of the Cardinals

With the signing of Marvin Harrison Jr., the Cardinals are looking to revitalize their offense. Kyler Murray now has a top-notch receiver who can stretch the field, make contested catches, and be a reliable target in key game situations. Harrison Jr.'s combination of size, speed, and skill makes him the perfect addition to the Cardinals' offensive system.

Fans in Arizona are excited to see how the connection between Murray and Harrison Jr. develops. If his college performance is any indication, Harrison Jr. has the potential to make an immediate impact and become a cornerstone of the Cardinals offense for years to come.

May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) during rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Tempe. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) during rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Tempe. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Harrison Jr. among the top 5 offensive rookies of the year

Fanduel has Harrison Jr. 3rd overall to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Harrison Jr. is currently +700, meaning a successful $100 bet would return $700. According to his odds, he is the best receiver to win the OROY.

Beginner

position

team

Chances of winning the title “Offensive Rookie of the Year”

Caleb Williams

QB

Chicago Bears

+170

Jayden Daniels

QB

Washington Commanders

+600

Marvin Harrison Jr.

WR

Arizona Cardinals

+700

JJ McCarthy

QB

Minnesota Vikings

+1400

Malik Nabers

WR

New York Giants

+1400

Xavier Worthy

WR

Kansas City Chiefs

+2000

Bo Nix

QB

Denver Broncos

+2000

Drake May

QB

New England Patriots

+2000

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