The 2024 NFL Draft is complete, finishing swiftly over the weekend after a months-long buildup.

Now, players are preparing for their rookie seasons with 42 B1G stars hearing their names called in the draft. That group included 4 first-round picks with Marvin Harrison Jr. headlining the group at No. 4 overall.

Every player will have a chance to carve out a role at the next level, but some of the fits are undoubtedly better than others. Ultimately, the right (or wrong) fit can pave the way to success early in a career.

With that in mind, here are some of my favorite fits for B1G players from this year’s draft:

DL Jer’Zhan (Johnny) Newton, Washington Commanders

Some might be scratching their heads at the Washington Commanders grabbing Johnny Newton in the 2nd round. A true interior pass rusher, Newton joins a defense that already has star interior production from Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne.

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However, I think the fit is perfect for those reasons, especially under a new head coach Dan Quinn and DC Joe Whitt Jr. Together, those two will look to build an aggressive defense, and Newton provides great value and depth in the 2nd round.

With 7.5 sacks in 2023 and 18 sacks for his career, Newton is the kind of interior defender who can wreak havoc in a situational role from Day 1. He should shine in that role and will be lined up for bigger things down the road.

Edge Adisa Isaac, Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been pleased with the early production from former Penn State star Odafe Oweh, and now Isaac will get the chance to rush the passer opposite Oweh. This also fills a position of need for the Ravens.

Jadeveon Clowney left the Ravens in free agency, and Kyle Van Noy is starting to get near the end of his career. David Ojabo, a recent pick out of Michigan, has also struggled to stay healthy in the NFL.

Isaac will not need to be a star rusher out of the gate with Van Noy and Oweh on the roster, but he gets a great fit to work his way into the system as a rotational pass rusher.

QB JJ McCarthy, Minnesota Vikings

Ahead of the draft, many analysts and experts felt the Minnesota Vikings were the perfect fit for JJ McCarthy. That looks doubly true after the draft with the Vikings only having to move up to No. 10 overall to grab the Michigan quarterback.

The Vikings have the pieces to help McCarthy get started with a true No. 1 wide receiver in Justin Jefferson to go with budding young receiver Jordan Addison and tight end TJ Hockenson. Add that up with head coach Kevin O’Connell and veteran QB Sam Darnold, this is the ideal situation for McCarthy to get his feet wet and learn on the job.

WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Arizona Cardinals

Kyle Murray has struggled to stay healthy, but even when healthy, he was at his best when throwing to true WR1 guys like Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. Now, Harrison gives Murray that kind of player to work with once again.

Harrison enters the league as a polished product, and he has the physical makeup that should translate into immediate production in the NFL. In fact, it’s arguable Harrison was the 2nd-overall prospect in this draft behind Caleb Williams, and now he’ll get the chance to be a true No. 1 threat for the Cardinals.

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LB Junior Colson, Los Angeles Chargers

The surest bet in the NFL Draft was for Jim Harbaugh’s new team to select at least one Michigan player. The Los Angeles Chargers eventually did that in the third round, grabbing Junior Colson after 36 career starts for the Wolverines.

With a pair of veteran players at the position leaving for free agency (Kenneth Murray Jr. and Eric Kendricks), the Chargers have a great chance to plug and play Colson as a rookie. He’ll have all the confidence and trust from his head coach, and that can jumpstart Colson’s career early on.

DB Cooper DeJean, Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper DeJean received a first-round grade from many analysts but was still available at pick No. 40 where the Philadelphia Eagles grabbed the Iowa defender. After grabbing Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell in the first round, the selection of DeJean allows the Eagles to completely restock their secondary.

Where DeJean will play remains to be seen, though Mitchell will likely get the first chance to develop into a lockdown option on the outside. Either way, DeJean can slot into the immediate rotation as a nickelback or safety, and that versatility will serve his individual career and the Eagles quite well out of the gate.

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