NAME: Mecole Hardman
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 4
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 183 lbs
PROS: Speed, speed and more speed. Can run by off coverage with ease and tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Used as a gadget player and showed exceptional acceleration to the edge out of the backfield.
Outside of a vertical, best route is the deep out from the slot. Showed good burst out of his break and the ability to finish along the sideline on a few occasions. Overall athleticism is impressive, short-area burst matches the long speed, and his hops are said to be eye-popping.
CONS: Listed 5-foot-10, 183 pounds and size is a limitation on tape. Willing blocker, but too often overwhelmed by bigger corners. Can get gripped up vs press coverage and has a hard time working free. Have not seen any examples of him winning in contested catch situations.
Route tree is typically simple and Georgia would scheme him open from time-to-time. Sense of timing and efficient movements in routes is inconsistent. Only a sophomore last year, but could easily be described as raw and more of a specialized piece than a complete receiver. Caught only 25 balls all year in a run-heavy offense, so still very much in the process of building an NFL-caliber resume.