NFL.com predicts Steelers will draft wide receiver N’Keal Harry
NFL.com Writer Adam Rank has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry with their 20th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Harry was considered the top college wide receiver last season. In his three years playing in the Pac-12 with Arizona State, he caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for him, it is difficult to imagine him being selected in the top 15. Prior to declaring for the NFL Draft, he was projected to be a top-10 draft prospect. However, when looking closer at his tape, there are a few concerns with Harry.
Despite running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, he has struggled with separation in college. He does not look very fast on film and is not as elusive as teams want him to be. He has made some incredible one-handed catches in his career and performed very well at the combine. Even with good combine and college numbers, he still has a lot to prove entering the NFL.
The Steelers would be a very good fit for N’Keal Harry. With the departure of Antonio Brown and the struggles of their 2018 second-round pick James Washington, they are in desperate need of a receiver opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster.
N’Keal Harry has traits that are very similar to Smith-Schuster’s. A lot of people questioned their speed in the draft process and criticized their inability to separate from defensive backs at the college level. Look at where Smith-Schuster is now. He’s one of the top receivers in the NFL.
Harry’s draft stock continues to go up and down; he is projected to go no later than an early second-round selection. Whether he will be successful at the professional level is still up for discussion, but N’Keal Harry landing in Pittsburgh would make a lot of sense.