Apr 26, 2024 - News

Cardinals snag highly touted receiver Harrison in NFL Draft

Two men hold up a red football jersey with the name Harrison on the back.

Marvin Harrison Jr. and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Cardinals fans got their wish in the first round in the NFL draft — Marvin Harrison Jr. is coming to Arizona.

Why it matters: The Ohio State wide receiver is being eyed as a potential star and was viewed by many as the best player in the draft.

  • Harrison gives quarterback Kyler Murray the go-to target he's been missing since the team parted ways with wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Driving the news: Harrison is a two-time unanimous All-American and won the 2023 Fred Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the best receiver in college football.

  • "Maserati Marv" is the son of hall of Fame receiver "Marvelous" Marvin Harrison, who played 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • The Cards took Harrison with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the draft on Thursday.
  • The pick reunites Harrison with former Ohio State teammate Paris Johnson Jr., an offensive lineman the Cards took with the sixth overall pick last year.

By the numbers: Last season, Harrison racked up 1,211 receiving yards on 67 catches, with 14 touchdowns.

  • His 14 touchdowns put him in a three-way tie for third most in college football last year.

What they're saying: "Anytime he touches it, he can score points," Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon said of Harrison at the draft scouting combine.

Zoom in: The Cardinals also had the 27th pick in the first round, which they used on Darius Robinson, a first-team All-SEC defensive end from Missouri.

  • Arizona got the pick in a draft-day trade with the Houston Texans last year.

Flashback: It's hard not to make comparisons between Harrison and the last receiver the Cards drafted with a top five pick — the legendary Larry Fitzgerald, whom Arizona took with the third pick 20 years ago.

What's next: The Cards have the third pick in the second round of the draft and the second pick in the third round, which starts today at 5pm.

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