WATCH: Hoping to build on his dad’s legacy, Marvin Harrison Jr. expresses his desire to play for the Colts ahead of the NFL Draft

It will be hard for the Colts to draft Harrison and the only way for them to pull it off is trading up to the No. 4th pick.


WATCH: Hoping to build on his dad’s legacy, Marvin Harrison Jr. expresses his desire to play for the Colts ahead of the NFL Draft

Ohio State graduate Marvin Harrison Jr. (Via Imago/ screengrab X)

Marvin Harrison Jr. was at the Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium for Big 10 Media Day. A place where his dad, Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, used to call his home.

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His son is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2024 NFL draft, projected to be off the board in between No. 4 and No. 6. If that happens, he will end up with the Arizona Cardinals.

Yet the dream scenario for Harrison would be to walk in the footsteps of his father and wear the horseshoe emblem. After the conference ended in Indi, the Ohio State graduate chatted with some reporters and possibly hinted at his preferred destination.

I may be playing here [Colts].

Marvin Harrison Jr. said in his conversation with ‘the Football Fever’

Marvin Harrison Sr. retired as an NFL wide receiver who played 13 seasons with the Colts, mostly alongside Peyton Manning. He was drafted by the Colts in 1996 after playing college football for Syracuse.

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Harrison Sr. won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2007 and was an eight-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro selection. He held the record for most receptions in a season (143) until 2019. Harrison Sr. was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016 and is regarded as one of the NFL’s greatest wide receivers.

Can the Colts draft Marvin Harrison Jr.?

The Indianapolis Colts currently have the No. 15 pick in the draft. Inside reports say that neither general manager Chris Ballard nor head coach Shane Steichen are that keen to pursue a top wide receiver. 

WATCH: Hoping to build on his dad's legacy, Marvin Harrison Jr. expresses his desire to play for the Colts ahead of the NFL Draft
Ohio State University wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (#18) jumps up over Rutgers University defensive back Robert Longerbeam (#7) for a touchdown during the second half of the Big Ten game between Rutgers University (Image via IMAGO)

However, for argument’s sake, if they do decide to bring Marvin Harrison Jr. to Indiana, then they would need to trade up with the Cardinals. This would be a massive undertaking because draft specialist Mel Kiper Jr. is quite sure that the Cardinals are dead set about selecting a top wide receiver.

I just don't see Arizona passing on its chance to take the top wideout. For me, that's Harrison, but Malik Nabers (LSU) and Rome Odunze (Washington) aren't far behind.
Mel Kiper said per Sports Illustrated

How much do the Colts have to give up for Harrison?

Everything depends on the Cardinals’ desire to even accept a trade in the first place. Kiper’s information is more or less the Bible of the football scouting world. However, if, for a second, let’s believe the Cardinals have a miraculous change of heart and agree to deal with the Colts, then the scenario could play out in a few different ways.

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Marvin Harrison Jr. is considered one of the top receivers who could walk onto almost any offense and be a success. But for the Colts to draft the 21-year-old, they would have to give up several picks and trade up to the fourth spot in the chart.

Per Rich Hill’s trade value chart, the value for the No. 4 pick is $491. So combining No. 15 and No. 48 (which the Colts hold) along with the third-round selection of Pick 82 makes up that difference. However, it doesn’t end there, as Hill’s chart doesn’t show future picks. 

The only way to make sense of the scenario is by looking at some old examples. In 2021, the San Francisco 49ers traded up from 12 to secure the No. 3 pick. For that to happen, they traded away 2022 first, 2022 third, and a 2023 first-round pick.

Harrison would undoubtedly be a fine addition to the Indianapolis Colts’ forward line. His performances in college football can vouch for it. In 37 games, Harrison caught 150 catches for 2495 yards and 31 touchdowns.

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