As the NFL Draft approaches, we continue our series of scouting wide receivers. While we’ve looked at some big names like D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi) and Hakeem Butler (Iowa State), today we’ll take a look at North Carolina State’s Kelvin Harmon.
After three years at North Carolina State, Kelvin Harmon totaled 177 receptions, 2665 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns. Although his numbers may not necessarily impress some, Harmon is a player who will be coveted for a number of reasons
- Dominant blocker. Harmon shows excellent technique and gets his hands in the right position to be able to gain an advantage over defensive backs.
- Harmon has the ability to play from multiple spots on the field. He’s going to be a versatile option for any creative offensive playcaller at the next level.
- Great ball skills. Whether he’s going up to get a 50-50 ball or trying to make a catch in traffic, Harmon always seems to know where the ball is. Because he’s not super fast, this is going to help him win many battles at the next level.
- Willing to get tough and physical with defensive backs. Harmon isn’t afraid to shy away from contact. This will allow him to win many battles in the NFL.
- Ability to be the focal point of an offense. Looking at Harmon’s ceiling, he seems to have the ability to be a true number one wide receiver in the NFL. Once he enters the NFL, he’ll need time to adjust, but by his third season, he could be a number one target for any team.
- I’ve got questions about Harmon’s speed. There are times where he doesn’t seem to be the fastest guy on the field. While a lack of speed won’t necessarily break his draft stock, it’s fair to wonder how good he really can be if he was a bit faster.
- Not necessarily a player who can pick up additional yards after the catch. Harmon can occasionally stiff arm and make defenders miss, but he doesn’t do it regularly.
- Separation skills are average. Harmon isn’t the type of guy who’s going to put something like three yards between him and the defender.
- Not a guy who’s very elusive or is going to be super explosive. Harmon can be a game changer but isn’t going to catch the football and turn the jets on in a hurry.
Potential Team Fits: Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills. While Oakland and Arizona seem to be wild cards, they could still benefit by adding another good wide receiver to their roster. Meanwhile, the Giants, Bills, and Dolphins all lack true number one receiving options.
Conclusion: Harmon is going to be a good player at the next level. While some may look at him and say that there are some qualities that don’t make him an elite receiver, he can still be a true number one receiver for a team. Currently, I’ve got a second round grade on him and I expect him to be the third or fourth wide receiver off the board. Additionally, he reminds me of current Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery.