The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. NC State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon spent three successful seasons in Raleigh and is now an NFL Draft prospect.
Position: Wide Receiver
2018 stats: 81 receptions, 1,186 receiving yards seven touchdowns
Size: 6-foot-2, 221 pounds
Harmon has been the leading receiver for the Wolfpack over the last two seasons helping them to a 9-4 record in each of those years. He decided to leave for the NFL Draft after his junior season following a solid college career.
At NC State, Harmon had 177 receptions, 2,665 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his three seasons. He worked with quarterback Ryan Finley and now both players are NFL Draft prospects. Harmon statistically got better every season, but he also helped the program improve from seven wins his freshman year into a team that was in the top 25 for some of his last two seasons. He is one of the best NC State receivers ever, as he was an All-ACC player as a junior.
After a good college career, Harmon will now hope that NFL executives see a need for a receiver with his skillset on their team. He likely won’t be drafted in the first round, but teams will still be interested shortly after that point to add a player of his talent level.
Harmon has the frame and strength to win one on one matchups with defensive backs. His frame allows him to have a large catch radius and he often comes down with the ball if it is up for grabs. With that, he makes plenty of contested catches and is strong enough to ward off defenders.
With his frame, Harmon has the ability to block better than most other wide receivers in the draft class. He uses his strength and length to prevent defenders from shedding his block and making the play. Harmon also goes into each play willing to block to help the team spring big plays.
He is also a solid route-runner, as he displayed the ability to run several routes well. Harmon uses double moves and his physicality to get open against man coverage. Against zone, he is usually able to find a soft spot to get open. He also continues to work if a play is broken to give the quarterback an option downfield.
Harmon is big and physical, but lacks speed. While he can win when the ball is thrown up for grabs, he isn’t able to create separation as well as other receivers in this class. Safeties for the most part will be able to keep Harmon in front of them if they are playing deep. With bigger defensive backs in the NFL, Harmon may not be able to make as many contested catches, meaning he’ll need to find a way to separate.
His burst also is below average. He gets a slow start to his route, which allows defensive backs to keep up with him. When he makes a break, defenders should be able to recover fairly quickly because he isn’t fast getting in or our of his break.
Harmon won’t offer much value after the catch for NFL teams. He’ll catch the ball, but once he does, he doesn’t have the speed or elusiveness to make people miss in the open field. Teams will have to figure out what routes work best for him given that he won’t pick up many yards after the catch.
Projected Draft Range: Second round-Third round