NFLDraftScout.com ratings: 1. Harrison, 2. Maye, 3. Williams
With the College Football Playoffs and some 42 Bowl games all in line, let's take a look at updated player ratings for the 2024 Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
There is no movement at the very top, where NDS moved Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. to No. 1 in early November, followed by Norrth Carolina quarterback Drake May at No. 2, leapfrogging USC quarterback Caleb Williams, who was numero uno through October.
Our ratings aren't meant to predict where the player will be picked, which is impacted by team needs, but rather how well we believe they will perform as pro football players, with a bit of a boost to quarfterbacks based on their importance to the game.
In his last two seasons, Harrison has been the most consistently outstanding player in college football and looks like he has the tools to join his father, Marvin Harrison Sr., in the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he performs at this level for a decade or so in the NFL.
But nothing is for sure. Yesterday (Dec. 7, 2023) Harrison said he is pondering a return to Ohio State to pursue a Big 10 Championship and a win over Michigan. We'll see.
There are a few situations such as that, including standout quarterbacks Quinn Ewers, a redshirt sophomore at Texas, and Shedeu Sanders a junior at Colorado whose father and head coach, Deion Sanders, says will not enter the NFL draft.
We rated Ewers No. 39 overall we agree with those who believe he could use another year in college. Although he has arm talent and a cool demeanor reminiscent of Justin Herbert (Oregon/Chargers), Ewers won't even be 21 until March. We don't include Sanders in the ratings because Deion sounds firm, but if Shedeu were in the 2024 draft he would be a first day pick.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels was the most upwardly mobile quarterback this season and he moved to No. 5 this month. We didn't like what appeared to be a run-first approach last yar, but he seemed to find a good balance with his ample abilities.
Rounding out our first round prospects are Oregon's prolific Bo Nix at No. 14 and Washington's left-handed gun slinger, Michael Penix, at NO. 15, although we remain concerned about his long history of critical leg injuries. We rate Michigan quarterback J. J. McCarthy at No. 41 overall although it is unclear if he will enter the draft. His production this year moved him higher on many lists, but we aren't sure how well he would perform with a taam that didn't have the best semi-amateur football roster on the planet.
Here is a look at all quarterbacks we believe have draft potential in 2024