We will gather throughout the league's reactions to the selection of the New England Patriots for Arizona State WR N & # 39; Keal Harry. This post will be updated as more reactions are shared.
Similar to Oliver to the Bills, today some of those dreams had to die. Damn the AFC East. In fact, Harry enters one of the perfect situations for his abilities. Josh McDaniels will help him avoid jams and bring him into favorable situations to make the most of his incredible YAC skills. Tom Brady will supply passports leaving him to Mossmen.
Grade : A +
Ringer Danny Kelly
Harry is a tall physical receiver who dominates at the snap point dynamically after catching. The former Sun Devil is not particularly explosive or twitching in the short range, but he understands the leverage and uses his tall build and strong hands to beat smaller defenders and spin in contested passports. In conjunction with a quarterback like Tom Brady, who throws with high accuracy and anticipation, Harry does not have to part early on his routes ̵1; he just has to make room later to get into the pass. Harry probably could not have found a better landing site. New England desperately needs passers-by, and Harry is a fixture here.
NFL.com's Chad Reuter
When Rob Gronkowski had to pull into the playoffs last season, it was pretty clear that New England needed a dependable big receiver to win the Downfield. Harry should meet that need pretty well.
Grade : A
Andy Benoit of MMQB
Harry often played in Arizona State, but he does not even fit into the profile of a Patriots receiver and his will almost certainly take most of his snapshots outside , He is a big target who can win on 50/50 balls, be it in the field or especially on tracks. His most likely role will be that of an X receiver on which the suspended Josh Gordon plays. By choosing Harry, the Patriots not only avoid relying on Gordon (anything that would bring the ex-Brown forward would be just a bonus), they also fill a notable range.
Grade: A- [19659014MikeTanier
by Bleacher Report
NFL Comparison: Allen Robinson
Harry is a good runner and disgusting blocker who works well in the middle of the field , who takes the ball in tight spots and keeps his defender contested, and finds ways to contact after contact. He could become Anquan Boldin when he finds the speed and speed with which he works on technique and perseverance in the NFL.
It has been a while since the patriots chose a broad recipient at the beginning of the draft, probably because they chose broad recipients at the beginning of the draft (Chad Jackson, Aaron Dobson) was the only thing that really made the franchise terrible made. But the patriots usually sniffed as they searched for speed people who did not really suit their system.
Harry is not such a recipient. He devours catches like a receiver under possession, which adds a red zone due to his ability to fight fought catches. That's exactly the receiver that makes Tom Brady a star.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation
The Patriots had a large selection of No. 32. And of course they did. They are the patriots and things are not fair. New England had a choice between broad recipients such as Harry, D.K. Metcalf or Hakeem Butler. A cornerback like Byron Murphy from Washington would have been fine. Harry gives the patriot a physical presence at the wide receiver, which will pull down difficult passes.
CBS Sports & # 39; Pete Prisco
I've watched every one of his games and believe that it hurts me To give this a "C +", I think that there were better options. If you look at the patriots, they do not play fast outside, they have to get faster. Maybe they expect Josh Gordon to come back someday, but for me I would have taken Parris Campbell or one of those guys, a faster, more athletic receiver. I do not love this selection.
Degree: C +
For Stephen Ruiz the Win
The Patriots did not have much success in drafting receivers, and I am not sure that will change with this selection. Let's start with the good: N & # 39; Keal Harry is an absolute monster at the snap point and he can do a lot with the ball in his hands. Worst of all, he can not open, so Tom Brady has to put a lot of faith in him when Harry gets a lot of goals. There were better players on board.
Degrees : C-
Pro Football Focus Analysis
With the departure of Rob Gronkowski and the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon, the patriots had to become stronger at the receiver's position – and that's what they did here. Threatening the Slot: The addition of Harry gives Tom Brady an extra weapon in the passing game as the team seeks to secure a seventh Super Bowl title.
Harry's overall score of 83.7 was good for 12th place among the class's receivers
He also received the ninth-best receiving mark among the wideouts.
It averaged 3.07 yards per route out of the slot – the seventh highest grade in the class.
He caught 17 challenged catches for the year, which was the second most popular position among the players at the position.
Beat Writer Reactions
I have not seen many fake designs with Harry as patriots, but Belichick stuck to this script. Patriots had a great need for WR and he filled it. No Guards or Defensive Tackles or Left Foot Players
– Ben Volin (@BenVolin) April 26, 2019
I like the N & # 39; keal range of Harry. Meets the team's greatest need and has some special features in its ability to make controversial catches and pick yards after catching.
– Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) April 26, 2019
Good choice for this team. I think he fits the stuff the crime is made of right now. Big, physical guy who can make controversial catches and throw open. As far as needed, the Pats could use a TE, but Harry helps the big picture (assuming he picks it up).
– Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 26, 2019