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Who Will Be the First Wide Receiver Taken in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Scott Edwards Jr.
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Who Will Be the First Wide Receiver Taken in the 2024 NFL Draft?

After the quarterbacks, no position is getting as much hype in the 2024 NFL Draft as the wide receiver class. With three wide receivers potentially going in the top 10 and as many as six capable of going in the first round, this may be another "year of the wideout" when the draft is complete.

FanDuel Sportsbook is offering a ton of markets in the NFL Draft odds section. One of the best markets available for this year's draft is the "First Wide Receiver Drafted."

Let's dive into the First Wide Receiver Drafted odds to see who has a shot of being the first pass-catcher off the board.

NFL Draft Odds

First Wide Receiver Drafted

2024 NFL Draft First Wide Receiver Taken
Odds
Marvin Harrison Jr.-1050
Malik Nabers+850
Rome Odunze+1200
Keon Coleman+10000
Brian Thomas Jr.+10000
Ladd McConkey+10000
Adonai Mitchell+10000
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Marvin Harrison Jr. (-1050)

To the surprise of no one, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the heavy favorite to be the first wide receiver drafted, per FanDuel Sportsbook. He's been the expected top pick amongst wideouts since even before this past college football season. And his performance in 2023 only confirmed his overall dominance as he prepares to follow in his father's footsteps and tackle the NFL world.

The Ohio State Buckeyes product dominated in his sophomore and junior years of college. In 2022, Harrison caught 77 balls for 1,263 receiving yards and a stellar 14 touchdowns. He followed that up in 2023 by posting nearly identical numbers with 67 grabs for 1,211 yards and 14 scores while adding a rushing touchdown, as well.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded Harrison with an 89.9 this past season, ranking him as the fourth-best wide receiver in the FBS. Harrison didn't do any drills at the NFL Combine, but NFL's Next Gen Stats gave him a total score of 87.

Rumors have swirled that he's likely going in the top five, with NBC Sports' Matthew Berry reporting that the Arizona Cardinals are planning to take him if he's there at No. 4 overall.

There's an argument to be had that Harrison is the best overall prospect in this year's draft and certainly the best at the position. It's why he has -1050 odds that shouldn't waver, but there's enough talent behind him to see something shocking happen.

Malik Nabers (+850)

Malik Nabers will be joining the long list of LSU Tigers wide receivers to make a splash in the NFL, and it all starts in the NFL Draft. Could he be the first wide receiver off the board?

If this were a different year, Nabers could very well be the first receiver drafted. The competition is tight at the top, but it's apparent that Nabers did everything in his power to shine in his junior season.

In 13 games, Nabers was incredible in terms of his overall output. He finished the season with 89 receptions for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns. The yards ranked second in FBS and the touchdowns were tied for third. It's difficult not to be excited for what he can bring to the next level, especially when you look at what other LSU receivers have done in the last few years.

No wide receiver graded in college football better last season than Nabers, either. PFF graded him at 92.9, ranking him as the top wide receiver in all of college football. He picked the right time to break out, with his elite yard-after-catch being showcased the most, and it has him as one of the top players in the 2024 NFL Draft.

While he's unlikely to go over Harrison, he clearly has the skills to go ahead of him. At the very least, there's a real chance that Nabers will go in the top 10 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Rome Odunze (+1200)

It's hard to have as good of a final college season as Rome Odunze did -- especially when it comes to building your NFL Draft stock. There's a chance Odunze can be the second wide receiver off the board in the draft this year. But being the first? That's a whole different conversation as his +1200 odds show.

The Washington Huskies made it to the National Championship this past year, and a big reason for that was the connection between Michael Penix Jr. and Odunze. Their connection was the best in the NCAA, as Odunze was the man leading the nation in receiving yards when it was all said and done.

Odunze ranked sixth in receptions (92), first in receiving yards (1,640), and sixth in touchdowns (13). He was the definition of a difference-maker in college, and that's why his draft stock has continued to climb throughout the process. Next Gen Stats has him as the top wide receiver based on a 90 score, and Odunze also received an 89.8 grade from PFF.

There's a chance he does go second at the position, as there will be teams that want to get him. Going in the top 10 is just as likely for him as it is Nabers. Being the first wideout off the board, though? That's hard to believe right now.


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