Bill Belichick has been under fire for some of his roster moves for the New England Patriots in recent seasons, and the decision to select N'Keal Harry looms large. Two years since the Patriots took Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, it has been revealed that Belichick was the only one on board with the selection.
Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer recently reported that Belichick ignored his scouting department when it came to Harry. New England's scouting department informed Belichick he should take A.J. Brown or Deebo Samuel with the 32nd overall pick instead of Harry.
However, the legendary coach stuck to his guns and elected to make Harry the selection anyways. It appears the decision to do so was a massive mistake.
While Harry racked up only 45 receptions, 414 yards, and four touchdowns in his first two seasons, Samuel has already become a versatile weapon for the San Francisco 49ers. The South Carolina product has accumulated 90 receptions, 1,193 yards, and seven total touchdowns to go along with 185 rushing yards in his career thus far.
As for Brown, the physical wideout has flashed the potential of being one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. Along with making his first Pro Bowl in 2020, Brown has put together two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career, accruing 21 total touchdowns in the process.
If the Patriots would have taken Samuel or Brown instead of Harry, their fortunes could have been drastically different on offense in recent seasons. It's safe to say that Belichick may be more inclined to listen to his scouting department when it comes to wide receivers moving forward.