N’Keal Harry Fantasy
Harry is a junior that forgone his senior season at Arizona State at the end of the 2018 season. Even before he declared for the NFL Draft fantasy owners were chomping at the bit to get him on their fantasy teams. And rightfully so. Harry is a big bodied receiver that is going to provide great value to the team that drafts him both in fantasy and the NFL. His speed and physicality combined with his prototypical size are going to make him a nightmare for opposing defenses as soon as his rookie year begins.
- 221 lbs.
- Age: 21
N’keal Harry coming into the year was one of the top wide receivers most scouts thought very highly of. He showcased his talent all year. We all remember that highlight reel one-handed catch he made as he was falling backward. That’s the level of skill he can bring to this game. Harry ended his college career with 213 receptions and 2,889 yards, both in which rank second all-time at Arizona State. Harry is currently getting prepared for the combine as some have seen him post videos of some of his workouts. He reportedly had a vertical jump of 42 inches, which would have been the highest jump in the entire combine last season. He also repped 225 pounds 24 times on the bench press which would have tied the most by a wide receiver last year.
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NFL Combine Recap
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.53
- Bench Press: 27
- Vertical Jump: 38.5
- Broad Jump: 122.0
- 3 Cone Drill: N/A
- 20 Yd Shuttle: N/A
- 60 Yd Shuttle: N/A
N’Keal Harry’s athleticism was on full display at this year’s NFL Combine. His 40 yard dash time surprised many. He has great speed, but the concern was his acceleration. That question mark was answered with a great 40 time. His strength to rep 225 pounds 27 times on the bench press is very impressive for a guy that has a 78 2/8 wingspan. He was already high in rookie rankings and may have solidified himself atop of dynasty fantasy football rookie draft rankings.
Strengths & Weaknesses
There is a lot to like when you break down Harry’s game. First is his size. He stands at 6-foot 3-inches and weighs in at 221 pounds according to CFB Sports-Reference.com. That size plays into his unbelievable verticle. His ability to high point the football is tops in this class, which he needed during his time at Arizona State because he didn’t have the most accurate QB. Harry is a physical route runner and very athletic. His ability to fight through press coverage and separate from contact at the line of scrimmage is superb. He has great quickness in his feet to shake his defender at the line. When he isn’t able to get much separation, he has the strength and technique to fight through the defender and get the contested catch. He times his jumps well and with his size can box out the defender. His extension and hand strength give him the ability to pull in contested catches with ease. His run after catch ability is where he makes his money. His size and speed are one of a kind. His contact balance against arm tackles is tremendous. He’s able to blow right by arm tackles or any soft tackle. He uses his free arm well to help gain separation after he makes the catch. His boundary awareness is going to make him a nightmare for defenses in the red zone. He is very effective in the blocking game as well. His frame can be overwhelming to corners on the outside. His strength and length allow him to win control of the defensive backs. A few things, however, concern me slightly about his game. He tends to not trust his hands as much as he should. He allows the ball to get deep into his body which has led to some drops during his college career. Though he has great short area quickness, his acceleration is lacking, but when he gets up to speed, he can’t be caught.
I went back and forth between a few teams that Harry would fit well in but settled with Buffalo. The Bills have lacked production in their receiving game since Sammy Watkin’s 1,047-yard season in 2015. They may have found their deep threat in Robert Foster, but the Bills are still in desperate need of a solid possession receiver and someone that can be the X in this offense. Josh Allen may have some accuracy concerns and more than likely will have them haunt him his entire career, but having Harry on the team should really benefit Allen. Harry’s catch radius, vertical to high point the ball, and quickness should all be huge in this young offense. His ability to work inside and outside will be very beneficial. His dominance in the short and intermediate game would be huge for the Bills as well. Buffalo has taken many steps in rebuilding this team and are near completing those steps. Boosting their receiving game with N’keal Harry will be a big box to check.
N’keal Harry is and will be regarded as a potential first overall pick in this year’s dynasty fantasy football rookie drafts. He is a prospect that no matter what team he lands on he will carry tremendous value into his rookie season. If you are in a win now situation, you might want to test the waters on one of the top three picks and see if you can snag one of them for good value. There are a few guys that have been talked about as worthy number one picks in this year’s rookie drafts, so you will want to take in consideration what your league mates plan to do with their higher picks and choose the right trade partner. He projects as a valuable contributor to your fantasy football team his rookie year and many years beyond.
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