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Mike Tannenbaum says Patriots’ N’Keal Harry reminds him of Anquan Boldin

N'Keal Harry, Anquan Boldin

Former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum knows a thing or two about the drafting expertise of the New England Patriots, as he was on the receiving end of it in the AFC East for years.

Last month, however, the Patriots did something they had not done in over two decades, electing to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver by taking Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry at No. 32 overall.

Tannenbaum thinks New England made a very smart decision by selecting Harry, saying that the wide out reminds him of Anquan Boldin:

“I thought that was a really smart pick,” Tannenbaum said, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. “He was really good at making contested catches. He actually reminded me a little bit of Anquan Boldin — this guy is physical, and he can run better than Boldin. The way Brady is so accurate where he could throw guys open, I think [Harry] has a chance to be more productive than usual as a rookie receiver. I think this guy’s size is going to be a great complement to what they already have. I suspect he has a chance to contribute right away.”

Harry is coming off of a junior campaign in which he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns.

With the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement and wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan to free agency (not to mention the fact that Josh Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension), the team was in desperate need of some help in the passing game, and Tannenbaum seems to think the Pats have found it in Harry.