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Patriots WR N’Keal Harry similar to Dez Bryant, says Herm Edwards

Herm Edwards, N'Keal Harry, Dez Bryant

To no one’s surprise, the New England Patriots took a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, selecting Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick.

Herm Edwards, Harry’s college coach, says that Harry reminds him of Dez Bryant:

“A very competitive player,” Edwards such on Mut & Callahan of WEEI on Friday morning. “He reminds me a lot, and I don’t like to get into comparing guys, but if you look at his height, his size and probably his speed, similar to Dez Bryant when you look at him. Same body build, the ability to go up and really fight for the football. He wins 90 percent of the contested balls. Not afraid to go over the middle. Has really good running skills when he gets the ball in his hands. You can see that on some tape.”

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

At 6-foot-4 and around 215 pounds, Harry has great size for the position, and he also possesses solid athleticism to boot.

“He can play inside and outside, we moved him around a little bit,” added Edwards. “He didn’t play inside a whole lot the year prior, and I kind of moved him around. I wanted to get the ball inside to get some matchups. He’s a competitor. I am talking every day. He fits the mold. Every day is a work day for him. He takes the field trying to get better. Doesn’t like losing anything. He’s built that way. He’s an emotional guy. He gets emotional at times, but I think that is just maturity. You got yourself a good football player. There’s no doubt about that.”

The Patriots are in desperate need of some help in the passing game, as they lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement and wide out Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency this offseason. Plus, Josh Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension.

So, obviously, New England is expecting Harry to contribute right off the bat, and if Edwards is right, he should have no problem doing so.