N'Keal Harry hasn't even put on a Patriots uniform yet. The 2019 NFL season is still more than four months away.
But in this age of snap judgments and instant evaluations, the report cards on Harry are already in. And yes, instant draft grades can be wrong. They often are. Take this snap judgment on Terry Rozier, for instance.
Celtics select Terry Rozier: No. 16. Grade: F— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) June 26, 2015
No. Fail. Go away.
But is there any consensius among the pundits on the team's first wide receiver drafted in the first round since 1996 (Terry Glenn)? Here's what we found among the instant evaluations:
Harry is a first-round talent with size and speed. He’s going to be star at the next level.
When Rob Gronkowski had to move outside in the playoffs this past season, it was pretty clear that New England needed a reliable big receiver to win downfield. Harry should meet that need quite well.
Harry likely couldn’t have found a better landing spot. New England desperately needs pass-catchers, and Harry is a solid value here.
He’ll gobble up catches as an underneath possession receiver who adds a red-zone dimension because of his contested-catch capability. That’s precisely the sort of receiver that Tom Brady turns into a star.
By picking Harry, the Patriots not only avoid having to depend on [Josh] Gordon (anything the ex-Brown provides moving forward would just be bonus), they also fill a notable area of need.
Harry gives the Patriots a physical presence at wide receiver who will pull down difficult passes.
I watched every one of his games and believe me it pains me to give this a 'C+,' but I just think there were better options.
He can’t get open, so Tom Brady is going to have to put a lot of faith in him if Harry is going to get a ton of targets. There were better players on the board.
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