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ESPN releases full predictions for Patriots rookie receiver N’Keal Harry

N'Keal Harry, Patriots

ESPN has predicted a respectable rookie season for New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry.

ESPN ranked Harry 42nd overall among wide receivers in their fantasy football outlook for the 2019 NFL season. The network predicted he will rack up 681 yards and four touchdowns on 51 receptions in 2019.

Here’s ESPN’s full 2019 outlook for N’Keal Harry.

The Patriots selected Harry with the final pick of the first round of April’s draft. Harry is 6-foot-2, 228 pounds and is a strong, physical downfield weapon and good blocker.

The Arizona State product is terrific with the ball in his hands and his size makes him a valuable resource near the goal line. Harry’s speed (4.53 40-yard dash) and athletic limitations have led to struggles with separation, so he might be best suited for a big slot role in the pros.

That makes him a fit in a Patriots offense that moves its receivers around quite often. With Josh Gordon’s future in doubt and Demaryius Thomas a strong PUP candidate, Harry has minimal competition for a significant offensive role opposite Julian Edelman in 2019. That’s enough to make him well worth a late-round flier.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Harry is the first big and physical outside receiver the Patriots have drafted during the Bill Belichick era.

Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi told Reiss on April 29 that Belichick is going with the current trend of big and physical receivers.

“I think Bill’s always gone with trends and where the league is going,” Bruschi said.

Harry could also potentially line up at tight end for New England. His massive build should help him as a downfield blocker and receiver.

The Patriots need more depth at tight end. Perennial Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski retired in March. Plus, the returning Ben Watson is facing a possible four-game suspension. Harry helps address the Patriots’ needs in this area.

It should be an interesting rookie year for N’Keal Harry in Foxborough.