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2019 NFL Draft

Mecole Hardman

WR/Georgia

  • B
    6.40
    Projection
    Round 4-5
  • YearJunior
  • Height5-10
  • Weight187
  • Hand9
  • Arm30
  • 40-yard4.33
  • Bench17
  • Vertical36.5
  • Broad119.0
  • 3-coneN/A
  • 20-yardN/A
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Speed, overall athleticism and body control. Very explosive. In and out of cuts quickly. Productive punt and kickoff returner. Can play as a cover guy on special teams.

    Weak Points: Only played wide receiver for two seasons. Raw as a route runner. Body catches or cradles many throws. Hands aren't reliable. Can have trouble coming up with the ball in traffic.

    The Way We See It: Hardman is more of a special teams prospect than he is a wide receiver prospect at this time. He arrived at Georgia as a highly recruited defensive back and was switched to receiver after his freshman year. Still very raw as a route runner, he also lacks natural hands. Hardman is very fast and can be difficult to cover -- especially on deeper routes. He is a developmental receiver but has the return skills and cover ability on special teams to be a fifth wide receiver this year. He will make his mark on teams while he develops, and if a team has enough patience to wait on him, it may be in for a surprise.

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