Skip Bayless thinks the N’Keal Harry pick is a great one for Patriots
N’Keal Harry changed the equation in Foxborough. The New England Patriots are not known for drafting wide receivers in the first round. Before 2019, they hadn’t done so since taking the late Terry Glenn in 1996.
But, in 2019, the Patriots broke their 23-year long streak of not drafting wide outs, as they selected Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry with the last pick of the first round on Thursday evening.
With tight end Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson departing for the Chicago Bears via free agency and Josh Gordon serving an indefinite suspension as a result of violating his conditional reinstatement, the Patriots were in some desperate need of help in the passing game. So desperate that they did something they hadn’t done in over two decades.
Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless loves the pick, saying that Harry’s all-around game should fit very well in New England’s system:
N'Keal Harry is a GREAT PICK by Belichick for Tom Brady. Ran 4.5 at 230 pounds. Just a BEAST after catch. Athletic and powerful. Every time I watched ArizSt, he popped. Finally, a bonafide wideout target for the Greatest QB Ever. Congrats, Tom.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 26, 2019
Other than Randy Moss, Tom Brady has not played with a whole lot of big-name receivers throughout his 19-year NFL career. N’Keal Harry could be something special for the Patriots as they try to extend their run of success in the AFC and the NFL at large.
Sure, there have been guys like Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Troy Brown and Deion Branch, but outside of Moss, Brady has never really thrown the football to an elite receiver.
Now, he might get the chance to do that, as N’Keal Harry projects to be a very good NFL player and is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns.
Even with the Patriots not drafting any receivers between Terry Glenn and N’Keal Harry, they must have been doing something right all of these years, as they have won six Super Bowls since the 2001-02 season.