2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: N’Keal Harry

  • N’Keal Harry, 6-2/228

  • Wide Receiver

  • Arizona State

  • N’Keal Harry Scouting Report
    By Charlie Harry

  • Size mismatch
  • Makes catches over defenders
  • Use size and strength to box out defenders
  • Reliable hands
  • Late hands
  • Red-zone weapon
  • Possessional receiver to move the chains
  • Has some run-after-the-catch ability
  • Tough to tackle
  • Consistently productive

  • Weaknesses:
  • Lacks speed
  • Not twitchy
  • Not explosive
  • Not fast in and out of breaks
  • Lacks suddenness
  • Can’t stretch a defense with speed
  • Won’t separate from NFL corners with route-running

  • Summary: Despite extra coverage and attention from defenses, Harry was one of the most steady and reliable receivers in college football over the past three seasons. As a freshman, Harry had a quality debut for the Sun Devils with 58 catches for 659 yards and five scores. He was even better in his second season, catching 73 passes for 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, Harry played well for Arizona State totaling 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. He then decided to skip his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

    At the NFL Scouting Combine, Harry ran a 40 time that was a little better than expected at 4.53 seconds, but it illustrates that he lacks some speed for the next level.

    Harry is a big receiver who presents a size mismatch for the NFL. He has good hands and is dangerous to make leaping grabs over defensive backs. With his height and weight, Harry is able to box out defensive backs to make catches even when he is covered. Harry shows nice technique with late hands to limit defensive backs’ ability to break up passes. In the NFL, Harry would be a good weapon in the red zone given his ability to make catches over defenders.

    With the ball in his hands, Harry has some run-after-the-catch skills, utlizing his powerful frame and an ability to turn into a running back to pick up yards in the open field. He uses his size to break tackles and can be tough for defensive backs to get to the ground.

    Harry has some limitations for the NFL due to a lack of speed. He will never be a separation receiver who can get open against NFL cornerbacks. He is going to constantly struggle to find space from man coverage, as the defenders will be able to run with him easily and keep him from getting open. Thus, he won’t be a threat to stretch the field with speed, he will struggle to get open underneath, and he is not explosive enough to get separation via route-running.

    If Harry were faster, he would be a first-round pick, but his speed limitations make him more of a second-day prospect and likely a No. 2 receiver in the NFL.

    Team sources call Harry not real twitchy or explosive. They worry about how he is not fast in and out of breaks and don’t see suddenness. Some sources said that Harry reminded them of Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell, who is currently headed toward bust status for the Vikings. Some other sources say they are grading Harry on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft and feel he is akin to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Devin Funchess. One team source said they originally planned on grading Harry in Round 2, but were lowering him to the third round. However, I believe the team that likes Harry enough to draft him will probably do it in the second round, and think he won’t slip out of Round 3.

    Player Comparison: Devin Funchess. Team sources have compared Harry to Devin Funchess, which makes a lot of sense. Harry isn’t quite as tall as Funchess (6-4, 225), but both are big receivers who are size mismatches and threats to make catches over defensive backs. Funchess was a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Harry is a likely second-round pick this year. I think Harry will be an NFL receiver who is of a comparable caliber to Funchess. Some sources have also compared Harry to Laquon Treadwell.

    NFL Matches: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco, Arizona, Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Oakland

    There could be a lot of teams in the market for an upgrade at wide receiver, so Harry should have plenty of teams as potential landing spots on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft. Baltimore could use more receiving talent for Lamar Jackson, and Harry would bring a size mismatch to the Ravens’ receiving corps.

    In the AFC East, Harry could land with three of those teams. The Patriots could use some youth at wideout, and Harry would be a good replacement for Brandin Cooks. Miami needs more receiving weapons, while Buffalo needs one more receiver to go with John Brown and Cole Beasley. Those two smaller speedy and shifty receivers, while Harry would bring size element to complement them.

    Denver traded away Demaryius Thomas, and Harry would give the team a big receiver to go across from Courtland Sutton.

    Indianapolis signed Devin Funchess to a 1-year contract, and the Colts could use more long-term receiving talent for Andrew Luck. Harry could be in play for one of Indianapolis’ second-round picks.

    Christian Kirk was a nice addition by the Cardinals, but they could use more receiving weapons as Larry Fitzgerald won’t play forever. Harry could be the understudy for Fitzgerald. San Francisco could use more receiving talent, and Harry could give the team a big play threat to go with Dante Pettis.

    The Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper, but he’s inconsistent and they need more than just him to help Dak Prescott. Harry could be a big wideout to help take advantage of safeties coming up to defend Ezekiel Elliott.

    Tampa Bay lost DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, so the organization could use a third receiver to go with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Staying in the NFC Sotuh, Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall were signed midseason in 2018 because Sean Payton was frustrated with his wide receivers aside from his No. 1, Michael Thomas. Harry could be a fit in the second round for New Orleans.


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