Pick No. 32- N’Keal Harry (WR) Arizona State. Grade: B
When Goodell first announced the selection of N’Keal Harry, I was ecstatic. For quite a while now I have been critical of the lack of investment the New England Patriots have made in the wide receiver position.
I love Julian Edelman like the rest of Pats nation, however, it is clear he has limitations. Due to Josh Gordon’s off the field issues and Chris Hogan’s departure, the WR room was looking as thin as ever. Snagging a WR was necessary, so for that, you have to credit the team for filling a need.
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The small issue I now have with the pick is that it was clear throughout the rest of the draft that teams were not putting a premium on WR’s. Hollywood went 25th to the Ravens but after Harry, only two receivers were selected in the next 24 picks where one of the original New England Patriots second-round picks resided at No.56.
The New England Patriots realistically could have taken a higher rated corner than Joejuan Williams (their next selection) such as Byron Murphy, moved up a few spots from pick 56 to select A.J. Brown, and realistically keep their other second-round pick at 64 or again trade it to Seattle. It feels as though they did not maximize the best potential draft picks they had.
Harry is excellent due to his size and stature and catches balls like has glue for hands. His route running is superb, and he can overpower smaller defensive backs at the line.
The main issue he faced while time as a Sun Devil was creating separation. I do like his game, but probably not enough to take him when we selected him. I don’t think it is a terrible reach, so B is sufficient.