The Chicago Bears find themselves in a prime position ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft, with two draft picks in the first round including the projected No. 1 overall pick. Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson believes that the team should use that projected No. 1 pick to draft Ohio State Buckeyes standout Marvin Harrison Jr.
Wide receivers typically are not seen as No. 1 overall pick-worthy nowadays. In fact, a wide receiver has not gone No. 1 in the draft since Keyshawn Johnson himself was taken first overall by the New York Jets in 1996.
Johnson believes that this long drought should come to an end, and the Bears should be the team to select Harrison Jr. at first overall should they get the No. 1 pick, and stick with third-year quarterback Justin Fields at quarterback.
“I like the fascination about Caleb Williams,” said Johnson on FS1’s Undisputed. He’s great, Heisman trophy winner at USC. But the circumstances are important with young quarterbacks. Until you get something and put them around that to make them successful, you will always scratch your head. Imagine if he (Justin Fields) had another player like DJ Moore on the other side of the field. Imagine what that would look like.”
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“The No. 1 guy I would get for him is Marvin Harrison Jr. Either at the first pick or at the fourth pick. I would probably do that at one.”
Marvin Harrison Jr. is obviously an incredible talent who will likely be selected within the top five picks. But is he really a player that is worthy of being the top overall pick?
Only time will tell whether the Bears, or whoever ends up with the No. 1 pick, sees him as that kind of prospect. But it is clear that at least Keyshawn Johnson views him as a generational prospect who can change everything for Chicago.