In this 2019 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths, weaknesses, and draft day prediction of wide receiver Kelvin Harmon out of North Carolina State.
Having attended high school in New Jersey, he quickly became a household name, as, during his senior year, he had the most receiving yards in the state. Harmon received first-team All-State recognition and was one of the top recruits in the nation.
Nobody could have imagined, the outstanding performance he had during his freshmen year with the Wolfpack. Having started in only four games, he led the team with five touchdowns and took home the Philip Rivers Award.
If his freshman year wasn’t impressive enough, when he was a sophomore, he was selected for second-team All-ACC. He completed 1,017 receiving yards; he was the first player at NC State to top 1,000 yards in 15 years.
This past season, Harmon decided not to play in the Gator Bowl in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. However, he still had an impressive season with 81 receptions, over 1,185 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.
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Harmon is an ideal receiver. He is a great route runner and he has the ability to get himself open when he has a defender shadowing him. He is smart and is always watching his defender as well as the quarterback.
His build and athleticism allow him to take on opposing defenses. Harmon has great blocking abilities and he doesn’t allow his opponents to shed the block. He assumes any role needed to make the play.
Harmon’s catch radius is huge and allows him to secure the ball whether he needs to dive or jump for it. He is very strong is great at fighting safeties off.
His speed affects his production after he catches the ball. He is slow and won’t offer too many more yards once the ball is secured in his hands.
Harmon is great at fighting off defenders, but he won’t outrun a defender. He can complete the reception, but safeties will keep up with him and make him work for the catch.
He will need to work on separating himself from the defender. If Harmon can’t become faster, he may not be able to complete as many catches, as defenders will always be on his tail.
NEW YORK JETS PREDICTION
The New York Jets will likely pass on drafting Harmon. With Harmon being projected to be drafted in the first or second round, the Jets have greater needs to address that early in the draft.
Recent mock drafts and 2019 NFL Draft predictions have shown Harmon going to the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, or Washington Redskins.