WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia*

5’10” – 187 lbs. – 4.33

Played quarterback and on defense in high school, then appeared in a special-teams role with the Bulldogs in 2016. Started one of fifteen games played at receiver the following year, going 25-418-4 and adding two rushing touchdowns. Went 34-532-7 as a receiver his past year before declaring for the draft; however, is most highly-regarded for his ability as a punt- and kick-returner, rather than as a receiver. Has just adequate size for a slot receiver and is probably too small to play on the outside; however, that’s not really what his game is built around. This is a player whose timed speed is indicative of how explosive he looks on the field; has the ability to take the top off of a defense and beat cornerbacks down the field in man coverage. Gets up to speed in a hurry and has excellent speed through his route, barely shifting gears as he goes through his breaks. Threat of going downfield caused teams to play off of him and also ran some routes to take advantage of that on underneath patterns such as short hitches, etc. Not afraid to work the middle of the field and demonstrates good snap to create windows in that capacity. Appears to have solid fundamentals as a receiver, looking the ball into his hands and bringing it in with his hands away from his frame. Does a good job of adjusting to poorly-thrown balls. However, doesn’t present the biggest target and can struggle to come down with contested catches in tight coverage despite impressive leaping ability. Runs hard after the catch and can rack up yards after the catch when working the middle of the field underneath zone defenses, or when carrying the ball on tunnel screens. Also flashes the ability to spin off of contact. The type of player the team liked to feed the ball, including on the occasional jet sweep out of motion. Can be chippy as a blocker but lack of size and length put a ceiling on how effective he’ll be in that role at the next level. Isn’t one of the biggest or most productive receivers, but is one of the fastest and most explosive players in this year’s class and complements that with value as a return specialist, good toughness, and sharp route-running, traits which could potentially allow him to work his way into the second day.

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