My Draft Crush: Arizona St. WR N’Keal Harry

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We here at Arrohead Guys haven’t had an AG round table post on the budding ‘rivalry’ between Dan Harms and myself about who the better receiver is.

Harms is team Hakeem Butler out of Iowa State, while I am team N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State. Both guys possess their own qualities that make them the receivers that they are, and you can choose whoever you want.

Harry is listed at 6’4″ and 213 pounds so he’s a big guy, and that size is what makes him so likable in the Chiefs offense.


For a guy that’s so big you would think that it’s somewhat difficult to use him in the quick passing game, but that’s not the case with Harry. He’s a big guy but he moves better than most guys his size.

Arizona State liked to use him a lot in the quick passing game because he’s so good after the catch. He has an ability to make guys miss after the catch which makes him a serious threat in the quick game. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are among the league leaders in getting the ball out quick which plays to one of Harry’s strengths.

One of my favorite qualities that Harry possesses is his ability to use leverage to get open. He’s not the fastest receiver out there which obviously makes it difficult for him to just run away from defenders, but it doesn’t really effect him.

Here he’s running a deep in route. He facing a weaker press coverage which allows him to get the inside release he wants. As he gets up the field you can see him lean on his defender as he’s getting held. Once he gets to the top of the route the leverage he’s already gained allows him to create separation to make the catch.

In Arizona State’s game against Michigan State in early September, Harry finished with six catches and 89 yards. Most of the night he was matched up against the Spartans Justin Layne who is considered one of the better defensive back prospects in this years draft.

Harry had his way with Layne on this night. While his inconsistencies getting off of press coverage showed, he also showed that short area quickness isn’t really a problem for him.

The touchdown he caught against Layne is a showcase of how he uses his size to wall off defenders to make contested catches.

Here’s a better angle of Harry’s touchdown against Layne. You can see he uses his size to “wall off” Layne to give himself a better chance to make this contested catch.

The most important quality as a receiver you must possess is the ability to actually catch the ball, and Harry catches anything and everything thrown his way as shown by this incredible catch. And that wasn’t the first time he’s made a catch like that.

Harry is an excellent route runner that can win in short areas. The negatives are that he lacks top end speed and he’s inconsistent when it comes to beating press coverage.

On the other hand he knows how to use leverage and use his size to his advantage, and he’s probably the most underrated receiver when it comes to getting yards after the catch.

He can survive his inconsistencies against press coverage in Kansas City because Andy Reid is about as good as it gets when it comes to getting guys free releases off the line. So he can work on becoming more consistent while still being an effective contributor.

There’s a solid chance that Harry falls to the 20’s in the draft and if available at 29 -provided the Chiefs don’t trade up- they should look to snag Harry depending on who’s on the board defensively when it’s time to pick.

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Team Player
Team Player

Maybe I’m wrong here. Give me a list of potential or current HoF WR (not TE) whose primary gifts were large size and a large catch radius.

Berserker
Berserker

Otis Taylor…

Tyrone
Tyrone

I know we’ve got a lot of needs on defense, but I’m always a little worried in the back of my mind that if something happened to one of Tyreek/Travis/Sammy the offenders might suffer a lot.

Tyrone
Tyrone

*offense/offence

BleedingRedAndGold

I’ve been saying for a while that KC might go get an offense player early, might be a choice I can live with on this guy.

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Good write up. He might be a good day 2 prospect. Can the draft get here already?

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

I just don’t see it, unless something crazy happens with the draft. On one hand you’ve got some holes in the defense big enough to drive a bus through, and on the other hand you’ve got (arguably) the best receiver in the game, another receiver who, when healthy, could be a #1 somewhere else, and a seemingly future HOF QB who should be able to elevate to “good” the “JAG” receivers on the roster. Why would you invest a Rd 1 pick in a WR when you have the needs the Chiefs do on defense? Now if you’re talking day 2 picks, I’m at least open to considering WR (even though I’d prefer getting whichever of ILB/DB/EDGE that we didn’t get on day 1).

Enite
Enite

To counter your argument, this is a very deep defensive draft. If I understand correctly, we should be able to get 1st round talent as low as the 3rd on defense. WR and TE are not nearly as deep. Wouln’t it be better to take a top offensive player and then use the 2nd and 3rd to sure up the defense?

Team Player
Team Player

It’s not that I’m hating on Bowe or Harry. I just don’t see first round value. Harry in the late second is fine.

But for value, Renfrow in the 5th or 6th gives all the Chiefs need. Hands of glue.

Team Player
Team Player

Shout out for the SunDevil but I see Harry as A Bowe type receiver and I’ve never been a fan of that style. Hey I have prejudices too.

stjoechief
stjoechief

His breakdowns on TDN all remind me of Bowe, down to the questions about dedication & effort. I don’t think there is a WR that I would take in the first unless DK Metcalf were to fall.

Fozzyboyd
Fozzyboyd

I’ve never got all the Bowe hate. He was a good receiver for us for quite awhile. He also was a good receiver with terrible QBs, OCs, and teams. He wasn’t a receiver that was going to blow anyone away with speed but he was a big, strong, physical WR that for most of his career won more often than not. Only negative I could say about Bowe was his concentration at times. He could make the hard catches look easy but at times make the easy catches look hard.

Honestly, a big WR would do well in this offense. You have two fast guys in Watkins and Hill. A great TE in Kelce and then add in a big Bowe style receiver and you can create mismatches everywhere no matter the style of defense the opposing team plays.

slackator
slackator

I agree, I just dont see doing that in the 1st round unless the worst of all outcomes happens in the draft before our pick

BleedingRedAndGold

I’ve never disliked Bowe, but I did dislike his concentration thing. Guy could make a spectacular grab and then bobble and drop a couple easy catches, all in the same half. That said, he was always good with fans. The day I helped carry the Arrowhead banner onto the field, we were lined up along the field wall in the north EZ area, Bowe tossed a young lady a ball he’d just caught. She was excited at the thought of playing catch with Bowe, and tossed it right back, so he had to signal to her before he threw it back that the ball was for her to keep. Nice thing for him to do, IMO.

Enite
Enite

I wonder what will happen with Benjamin? He might be about as cheap as a first rnd pick.

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115

I can tell you precisely why I turned on Dwayne Bowe. He dropped a potentially Game Winning TD from Cassel at Indianapolis in 2010. He didn’t even attempt to catch a pass over his head against Pittsburgh that turned into an INT in 2011. He gave shitty effort in 2012 when he should have been an Offensive leader. He stepped out of bounds on 4th Down at Indy in the 2013 Playoffs, because he was afraid he would break his foot if he dragged it. He scored 0 TDs in 2014. And those are the reasons why i was happy to see Bowe go.