As the upcoming NFL Draft is nearly upon us, the conversation surrounding receivers Malik Nabers and Marvin Harrison Jr has begun to heat up.
Both Malik Nabers and Marvin Harrison Jr have been at the forefront of the conversation regarding who is the top receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft. Harrison Jr had long been considered the top receiver in the class by a landslide, but now some NFL scouts are hinting towards there being no gap between the players. With some scouts placing Nabers ahead of Harrison Jr, could there be a shakeup at wide receiver on draft night?
LSU Wide Receiver Malik Nabers Gaining Ground on Ohio State Buckeyes Star Marvin Harrison Jr Ahead of Draft
With nearly every NFL team preparing for free agency and the draft, plenty of players have seen their stock change drastically over the last few weeks. In particular, one player has risen in the positional rankings and now nearly sits atop all receivers. LSU Tigers star receiver Malik Nabers has had an up and down career with the Tigers, but the last two seasons in particular have been exceptional.
This past season, Nabers finished the year with 89 receptions, 1569 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns while averaging 17.6 yards per reception. Nabers led the FBS in receiving yards before announcing his inevitable exit from the football program and into the upcoming draft. While Nabers had himself a collegiate leading year, there has been another name at receiver garnering plenty of attention.
Marvin Harrison Jr, the Ohio State star and son of former NFL Legend Marvin Harrison, has long been considered the top receiver in his draft class. The question for Harrison Jr had never been if he was going to dominate, but rather when would he. Over the last two seasons, Harrison Jr has recorded 2474 yards and 28 touchdowns, but is that enough to solidify himself as the top receiver?
Could Nabers Impress NFL Scouts Enough to Land as the Top Receiver Taken?
After having an incredible record-setting season for LSU, Nabers could have potentially propelled himself into the top ranking for wide receivers. The upcoming NFL Draft will be full of plenty of talent at the wide receiver position, but the conversation for the top two receivers has clearly come down to Nabers and Harrison Jr at this point.
In a recent mock draft by ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller, Miller suggested that multiple NFL scouts have leaned towards taking Nabers over Harrison Jr in this upcoming draft. Miller was quoted saying, “In fact, three NFL scouts I spoke to at the Senior Bowl actually told me they have Nabers ranked ahead of Harrison on their initial draft boards.”
It is still pretty early in the draft process, which means many of the scouts are working solely off of game film currently. Nabers has proven he has the talent to takeover as a dominant receiver, but he will need to impress at his Senior Day to truly contend for the top receiver ranking.
A Look Ahead: Which Talented Receiver Will Go First in the NFL Draft?
There has been no doubt the most intriguing receiver in the upcoming draft has long been Marvin Harrison Jr due to his highlight-reel catches and insane production. Harrison Jr is a true game-changer when on the field and it is difficult to replicate what the receiver is capable of doing.
Malik Nabers has also proven himself to be a game-changing receiver, but the touchdown production and consistency has not been the same compared to Harrison Jr. Likely, Harrison Jr will become the first receiver taken in the upcoming draft due to his physical intangibles and incredible catching ability.
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