Route Running – Physical route runner who possesses a wonderful blend of athletic abilities to beat defenders to all levels. Shows arm over technique and effective short area quickness to defeat press coverage and play through contact and separate down the field.
Hands –Hand strength is terrific, will squeeze the football in traffic and pull in contested targets with consistency. Has the extension and catch radius to win in contested situations and possesses an impressive catch rate against tight coverage.
Contested Catch Ability –Is a tight coverage ace, will out-wrestle defenders for the football with size, strength and length. Times jumps well to ensure he's reaching the football at optimal extension. Has the size to box out defenders on fades or back shoulder throws.
Run After Catch Ability –RAC monster courtesy of size and speed. Effective in using free arm to create additional space and maximize RAC opportunities. Contact balance vs. arm tackles is superb, runs through soft challenges and creates a lot of extra yards on his own after the catch.
Football IQ –Sideline and backline awareness is excellent. Has made the most of tight quarters receptions with length and foot placement. Willing to sell false breaks to defenders and establish a false step before breaking into open space against off coverage.
Vertical Receiving –Has enough long speed to get over the top of turn and run defenders. Is a handful if given a free release and also offers a challenge in press coverage thanks to effective release vs. press coverage. Shows great ball skills to read the football over his shoulder.
Change of Direction Skills –Flashes tremendous short area quickness for a player of his size, shows suddenness in short area to stop on a dime and break pursuit angles before getting back up the field. Fluid in short spaces to play with suddenness and establish separation.
Speed –Moves much better than one would expect from a player of this stature. Startling acceleration out of the catch point. Has enough speed to pull away from defenders in the open and will stack press coverage effectively.
Competitive Toughness –Plays hard. Admirable effort after the catch to stonewall tacklers and press up the field. Transitions into a blocker with effectiveness, plays ready with the hands to punch and establish a hand fit on defensive backs.
Blocking Ability –Frame is overwhelming for boundary corners to work around and challenge the ball. Has the length and punch to win control of defensive backs in the secondary. Moves feet well to mirror and slide against defenders to frame blocks.
BEST TRAIT – Hands
WORST TRAIT – Change of Direction Skills
BEST FILM – Oregon (2017)
WORST FILM – Washington (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
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.