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.