2024 NFL draft: Initial top 20 prospects

It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2023 NFL draft wrapped. Just enough time to sort through an early list of the top early prospects for the 2024 draft that will take place in Detroit next April.

I haven’t done a deep dive into most of these players, but I’ve studied them enough to have some level of confidence that they’re poised to excel in the 2023 college season and attract significant draft attention in 2024.

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These aren’t necessarily in a strict order, but in general, this is how they would list out if I had to make a too-early big board. There is a lot of football to be played before any rankings should be considered too seriously, just as is the case with preseason college football polls. Also remember: big boards do not necessarily equal projected draft slots.

1. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

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2. Caleb Williams, QB, USC

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3. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

4. Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

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5. Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

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6. Jer'Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

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7. Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson


8. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

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9. Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

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10. Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

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11. Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

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12. Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

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13. Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

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14. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

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15. Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State

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16. Cooper Beebe, OL, Kansas State

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17. Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

18. Cole Bishop, S, Utah

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19. TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State

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20. Bryce Foster, OL, Texas A&M

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Story originally appeared on Draft Wire