N’Keal Harry’s Declaration Could Have First-Round Implications On 2019 Class

As originally reported by our own Kyle Crabbs, Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry announced today that he is declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. A four-star recruit, Harry has been the focal point of ASU's passing attack over the last two years, posting consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to cap his career as a Sun Devil. Harry hauled in 20 touchdown receptions over the last two seasons.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, Harry is an alpha wide receiver that plays up to his physical gifts. His ability to win as an above-the-rim power forward is evident when studying his tape. His hands are extremely strong and his ball tracking ability accentuates his size and play strength.

Our own Kyle Crabbs' filed his full film evaluation on Harry and summarized his traits as dominant.

N’Keal Harry projects favorably as a prototypical X-receiver in the NFL. Harry’s size, contested catch ability and skills defeating press coverage combine to offer an impressive package of traits, especially when considering the versatility Harry brings to an offense as a RAC receiver, deep threat and as a red-zone target. Harry may require some time to further develop but he has dominant traits.

While it's easy to identify jaw-dropping plays from studying Harry on film, his testing at the NFL Scouting Combine will be critical to his draft stock. Validating he has the juice to be a consistent separator at the next level and that he isn't just a big-bodied target is paramount to his evaluation. His flashes of agility and vertical speed are promising to him testing well.

Harry's declaration strengthens the 2019 wide receiver crop and is welcoming news for teams in need of weapons offensively. On the heels of Ole Miss WR DK Metcalf announcing his declaration, the 2019 WR class has received a substantial boost over the last few days.

Our staff believes Metcalf is the best receiver prospect available in the 2019 class but Crabbs did mention Harry as a prospect that can threaten Metcalf's status as WR1. Crabbs noted that be believed Harry was even better in contested situations than Metcalf but does not quite match his explosiveness.

Harry is currently ranked as a top-4 receiver in the class by all of our staff members except Trevor Sikkema who slots him as WR7. Brad Kelly, our WR expert, echoed many of Crabbs' sentiments regarding Harry in his recent piece that detailed his top-10 WR prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Another wide receiver with rare size and athletic traits, Harry oozes potential out of his broad frame. Harry has a unique blend of downfield body control mixed with run after the catch ability.

Harry's departure does come as a hit to Arizona State who enjoyed exceptional production from him over the last two seasons. Harry's 1,088 receiving yards this season accounted for 38 percent of the yards through the air for the Sun Devils in 2018. Kyle Williams, Frank Darby and Brandon Aiyuk have all made flashy plays this season and will be counted on to step up next season. With that said, the focal point of the offense will be sophomore sensation Eno Benjamin who is third in the nation is rushing yards this season with 1,524 and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Unless Harry disappoints at the Scouting Combine, he has the makeup of a top-50 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft that could even challenge for a look in the first round.

Written By:

Joe Marino

Chief Administrative Officer

CAO & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Member of the FWAA.