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2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Caleb Williams, Marvin Harrison Jr., J.J. McCarthy, Brock Bowers

2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Caleb Williams, Marvin Harrison Jr., J.J. McCarthy, Brock Bowers

It’s officially rookie prospect season, so it is time to dive into our favorite landing spots for some of the most talented incoming rookies. Of course, a lot can change with the combine coming in the next few days, as well as the NFL draft giving us the context we need to complete prospect profiles like draft capital and, to a lesser degree, team landing spot.

Until then, we can project the best teams for a few players projected to go in the first round of SuperFlex rookie drafts.

2024 NFL Draft Guide

Perfect NFL Draft Landing Spots for Fantasy Football

Caleb Williams (QB – USC) to the Chicago Bears

There has been plenty of debate on what the Bears should do with the first overall pick, but the answer is clear. The Justin Fields era is over in the windy city, and Caleb Williams should be the new signal caller for DJ Moore and, if all goes as I am projecting, Rome Odunze.

Williams is not without flaws, but what he does well should make him an immediate impact player for fantasy football. With the Bears now being led by new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and the strongest supporting cast on offense they have ever had, Williams would carry top-12 QB potential in 2024 and immediately slot in as a top-10 option at the position for dynasty purposes.

Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – Ohio State) to the Arizona Cardinals

I graded only one WR prospect higher than Harrison Jr. going back to 2009, Julio Jones. He checks almost every box when looking at his production at Ohio State. He sports an elite 3.44 Yards per Route Run (YPRR) while amassing nearly 2,500 receiving yards and 26 TDs over his last two seasons. Now, he has the potential to land with a proven commodity at quarterback in Kyler Murray.

Harrison Jr. should immediately be force-fed the ball on an offense desperate for playmakers beyond late-season breakout Trey McBride. He should be a lock to eclipse 100 targets in 2024 and take a run at the record-breaking season we just saw from Puka Nacua. Harrison is locked in regardless of landing spot as a top five dynasty WR.

Brock Bowers (TE – Georgia) to the Indianapolis Colts

We can keep this brief. Brock Bowers is an elite prospect at the tight end position. It doesn’t matter where he lands to see success. That’s not the game though, so let’s look at why he would be the perfect fit with the Indianapolis Colts. It would take a trade or an unexpected drop to land there, but Bowers would benefit from an offense that can get him in space and let him work. He has elite speed and versatility at the position. Pairing him with Anthony Richardson, Michael Pittman and Josh Downs allows him to adjust to the NFL and immediately get involved on offense. He should also dominate red zone looks in this offense. Bowers is a top eight dynasty TE from the get-go and could see a Sam LaPorta-like emergence into greatness if he does land with a team like the Chargers or the Colts.

J.J. McCarthy (QB – Michigan) to the Minnesota Vikings

While inconsistent throughout the 2023 season, McCarthy had moments where he displayed elite NFL-caliber anticipation and pocket navigation. He regularly showed accuracy and the ability to throw from different arm angles. McCarthy is surprisingly mobile for his 6-foot-3, 202-pound frame, rushing for 632 yards while at Michigan. That said, there seems to be a lack of confidence when throwing to the perimeter; he prefers to keep the ball over the middle of the field. He may be scheme-dependent early in his career as he develops, and landing with the Vikings would go a long way in quelling any concerns about his game.

Kevin O’Connell would be a perfect fit schematically for McCarthy, and giving him some elite offensive weapons like Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison and TJ Hockenson would help McCarthy avoid playing hero ball, which he has shown he doesn’t handle very well. If he does land in Minnesota, he would be a first-round rookie pick guaranteed and could flirt with top-15 quarterback production in year one with the upside to sneak into the top-12 if he can take a developmental step from year one to two.

2024 NFL Mock Drafts

Here are a few early predictions for the 2024 NFL Draft. We’ll continue to add our 2024 NFL Mock Drafts leading up to the start of Round 1.

2024 NFL Draft Coverage

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