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2024 NFL Scouting Combine will be family affair

More than 300 prospects are scheduled to appear at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine, but it will have a familial feel.

There are slated to be a dozen notable sons of NFL fathers attending the combine, according to NFL Research, along with an assortment of other prospects with NFL relatives.

Among the most prominent are Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr., son of Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison; Southern Miss' Frank Gore Jr., son of Frank Gore -- the NFL's No. 3 all-time rusher; USC wide receiver Brenden Rice, the son of Hall of Fame legend Jerry Rice; and Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins, the son of multi-time All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.

Notable prospects with NFL fathers

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Prospect NFL father
RB Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss RB Frank Gore*
WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison*
WR Luke McCaffrey, Rice WR Ed McCaffrey*
WR Brenden Rice, USC WR Jerry Rice*
WR Jordan Whittington, Texas RB Arthur Whittington
OL Joe Alt, Notre Dame OT John Alt*
OL Javon Foster, Missouri DL Jerome Foster
OL Drake Nugent, Michigan QB Terry Nugent
DL Jonah Elliss, Utah DL Luther Elliss*
DL Jaylen Harrell, Michigan LB James Harrell
DL Kris Jenkins, Michigan DT Kris Jenkins*
LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter*

*Denotes making at least one Pro Bowl

A combine rife with familiar surnames could lead to a memorable 2024 NFL Draft.  

The Common Draft-era high for most players selected in a single draft whose fathers played in the NFL is 11, which was set in 2020. Of the notable sons attending the combine, eight of them have fathers who were Pro Bowlers. The record for most players taken in a single draft whose dads made at least one Pro Bowl is four, which was set in 2011.

The like-father-like-son dynamics aren't the only family ties at the combine.

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Prospect NFL brother
WR Luke McCaffrey, Rice RB Christian McCaffrey
WR Ainias Smith, Texas A&M DB Maurice Smith
OL Patrick Paul, Houston OL Chris Paul
DL Jonah Elliss, Utah LB Kaden Elliss
LB Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State OL Liam Eichenberg
DB Max Melton, Rutgers WR Bo Melton

Rice wide receiver Luke McCaffrey is not only the son of former NFL wideout Ed McCaffrey, but, of course, the brother of current San Francisco 49ers superstar running back Christian McCaffrey. Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr.'s father was a Pro Bowl linebacker, but his cousin Terrance Ganaway was also an NFL player.

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Prospect NFL relation
QB Joe Milton III, Tennessee WR Anquan Boldin (cousin)
RB Audric Estime, Notre Dame DL Terrence Fede (cousin)
RB Kendall Milton, Georgia LB Kevin Hardy (uncle)
WR Brenden Rice, USC OT Rick Cunningham (stepfather)
OL Jacob Monk, Duke LB Quincy Monk (uncle)
OL Kingsley Suamataia, BYU OT Penei Sewell (cousin)
DL Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson CB Michael Ojemudia (cousin)
LB Jeremiah Trotter, Jr., Clemson RB Terrance Ganaway (cousin)
LB Nathaniel Watson, Miss. St. FB Harold Morrow (uncle)
DB Ryan Cooper Jr., Oregon State CB Nahshon Wright (cousin)
DB Josh Proctor, Ohio State RB Patrick Collins (uncle)

Live drills at the combine, which air on NFL Network, will begin Thursday with defensive linemen and linebackers. On Friday, defensive backs and tight ends are in action, followed by quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs Saturday and concluding Sunday with offensive linemen.

It leads to the 2024 NFL Draft, which takes place April 25-27 in Detroit.

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