The New England Patriots filled a roster need in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry, and the pick is drawing rave reviews from experts and former players.
Former No. 1 overall pick David Carr, discussing the 2019 draft on NFL Network over the weekend, even compared Harry to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.
“When you watch the tape on this guy when he was at Arizona State, he’s an incredible wide receiver," Carr said. "I looked at it and I said ‘That’s Larry Fitzgerald all over again’. Then he goes and runs 4.5 (seconds in the 40-yard dash), so he ran even faster than Larry did when he came out of college. So, it’s all there. You can see why (Bill) Belichick went out there and grabbed him.”
Check out the segment in the video below:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 5, 2019
Fitzgerald is one of the best wide receivers of his generation with 16,289 yards and 110 touchdowns over 15 NFL seasons. So, Harry obviously has a long way to go before he approaches Fitzgerald's level, but some of the same skills are definitely present when you watch film of the two wideouts.
Both of them have excellent size and possess the ability to make tough catches in traffic. Harry is listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, while Fitzgerald is 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds.
The Patriots certainly needed an upgrade at wide receiver given what's happened this offseason. Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson both left in free agency, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski (retirement) and Dwayne Allen (released) also departed. Talented wide receiver Josh Gordon is still with the Patriots but remains suspended indefinitely.
Harry has a great opportunity to make an immediate impact in the Patriots' passing attack in 2019, and that's why he's among the favorites for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
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