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. Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry skipped Arizona State’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL.
Position: Wide receiver
2018 stats: 73 receptions, 1,088 receiving yards, nine touchdowns
Size: 6-foot-2, 228 pounds
Harry had three great seasons for Arizona State and has gotten a head start on the competition by already preparing for the NFL Draft. He was snubbed by the Associated Press, who did not name him an All-American for his play in 2018. His production and measurables speak for themselves, as he has caught the eye of a lot of NFL evaluators.
Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins and Harry had a good rapport, improving together over the last three years. In his career, Harry recorded 213 receptions for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is a great red-zone threat given his size and he proved it on the field. While Wilkins was a good college quarterback, he isn’t among the best in the 2019 draft class. With NFL-level quarterback play Harry could be a really good wideout at the next level.
Harry is among the best wide receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He even has a chance to improve his stock at his pro day and at the NFL Combine. A good showing at those events could solidify his status as a first-round pick.
Harry is a decent route-runner, who uses his body and physicality well to help him get open. He does this against man coverage and often times can get open against zone coverage too. He can beat press coverage because of his ability to fight at the line of scrimmage.
His frame also allows him to have a big catch radius. Because of both his catch radius and frame, Harry is a good red zone target. He has the ability to make contested and acrobatic catches. He’ll high point the football and even go over the defender to make the catch. If the quarterback throws the ball up for grabs against man to man coverage, Harry is a good bet to bring the ball down. This makes him a good deep threat too, as he continually beat corners for the football.
Athleticism won’t be a question for Harry either. Once he gets going, he shows solid long speed as well. On passes near the boundary, he shows good awareness and control to get his feet down to complete the catch.
While he is fast once he gets going, his acceleration and change of direction are not great. He will have trouble making quick breaks out of routes and beating defenders. This will also cause him to have trouble separating. On short routes, quick breaking routes, corners can get the jump on him and break up the play. Once the ball is in his hands, he doesn’t elude many defenders if he can’t outrun them in a straight line.
His hands are great and strong, but he does suffer from a lack of focus. Harry will be thinking about running with the ball, rather than catching the ball first and has some focus drops.
His focus also has an impact on his blocking. He has the frame to be a good blocking wide receiver and shows flashes of being one, but will take plays off and not complete blocks all the time. If he focuses every play it would make him a much better player.
Projected Draft Range: First round-Third round