Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 228 pounds, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry is an electric playmaker who’s clearly ready to make a name for himself in the NFL. Over a three-year period at Arizona State, Harry had 2889 receiving yards, 22 touchdowns, 213 receptions, and averaged 13.6 yards per catch.
As he gets ready to take the next step in his football career, what makes Harry such an interesting prospect? We’ll examine his strengths and weaknesses.
- Has to be one of the most competitive players in this draft class. When watching him all throughout the fall, it was clear that Harry approached every play as if it was going to be his last. He wants to do everything he can to help his team be successful.
- Harry has consistently demonstrated that he’ll beat defenders at any level when running his routes. While he may not be the best route runner on the field, when he does run certain routes such as slants, he does show potential to expand his route tree.
- Great yards after catch ability. One thing to understand about Harry is that while he isn’t the most explosive guy on the field, he’s got excellent vision to set him up with extra yards after the catch.
- Great blocking. Two things allow Harry to be a successful blocker: Size and power. He’s always willing to get after a defensive back. When he’s drafted, this will be one of the major areas of his game that is very quickly noticeable.
- For a guy of his size, Harry is able to go up and get 50-50 balls. His catch radius is one of the most elite in this class. Teams who have quarterbacks with a cannon for an arm will love this aspect of his game.
- While numbers don’t tell the entire story, Harry was highly consistent at Arizona State. In 12 games in 2018, Harry averaged 14.9 yards per reception, along with 73 receptions. He’s got the chance to be a big play threat at the next level.
- For a guy of his size, Harry didn’t seem to have the impact that he should’ve in the red zone. While this isn’t to say he can be a good wide receiver, but if he can learn to be a red zone threat, then he’ll be a true number one option at the next level.
- Harry won’t blow anyone away with his speed. He is the type of guy who will win by being physical. For what it’s worth, the speed factor won’t kill his game, it just means he’ll need to find other ways to beat defensive backs.
- Can’t consistently get separation. This is one of the harder parts of Harry’s game to evaluate. Since he isn’t able to consistently separate, he has to rely on his big frame to make catches.
- At the next level, it’s fair to expect defenses to find ways to completely
shutdownHarry. He’ll need to find new ways to win one-on-one battles.
Potential Team Fits: Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts, and Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo and Washington have big holes at wide receiver, while teams like the Chiefs, Colts, and Lions could see the value in him being a big target and decide that he’s worth drafting.
Conclusion: At this point, I see Harry being the third or fourth wide receiver taken off the board. A realistic draft projection would be the second round. Harry is a guy who will win with his size and physicality rather than his speed. He has the potential to be a true X-receiver in the NFL and will be someone that makes a major impact from day one.