Indianapolis Colts should target N’Keal Harry in the 2019 NFL Draft
The Indianapolis Colts had an undeniably successful season. In their first year under head coach Frank Reich they went 10-6, and even won a playoff game on the road before falling to the Chiefs in the divisional round.
Andrew Luck made a successful comeback from the shoulder injury that cost him the entire 2017 season and the team has a bunch of young promising players to be excited about. But they are still missing a consistent receiving threat opposite T.Y. Hilton and as such should be looking for a real number two receiver this offseason. That receiver should be Arizona State wideout N’Keal Harry.
Harry bursted onto the scene as an explosive sophomore in 2017 and then dominated again as a junior this past season. He caught 73 passes for 1,088 yards and was electric every time the ball was in his hands. He’s a complete package and even returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown against USC despite not usually handling punt returns.
Making him even more appealing, Harry just turned 21 in December, so he still has a ton of room to grow and is only scraping the surface of his potential.
Hilton is one of the league’s best receivers, but Indianapolis has cycled through other teams’ castoffs to be their number two. Luck hasn’t had a second consistent option at receiver in a while and Hilton was banged up a lot this year as he was asked to carry so much of the load. Guys like Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant aren’t going to cut it as number two receivers long-term and the Colts need to upgrade if they want to compete with the offenses of Kansas City and New England in the AFC.
Hilton is only 5-foot-10 and Harry, who’s 6-foot-4 would complement him perfectly as a big target for Luck who can dominate cornerbacks physically and win 50-50 balls.
Harry is consistently being projected toward the end of the first round in most mock drafts, which makes him a great fit for the Colts, who pick 26th overall. If they do the smart thing they’ll take a receiver early, and that receiver should definitely be Harry.
Chris Ballard has made it clear that he wants to surround Luck with as much talent as possible. N’Keal Harry is the kind of target that could change everything for the Colts’ offense moving forward.