The first pick for the New England Patriots in the 2019 NFL Draft was N’Keal Harry, a wide receiver from Arizona State. Selecting him marked the first time in Bill Belichick’s 19-year tenure with the Patriots that the team had selected a wide receiver in the first round.
To make a decision to add Harry to the team meant that Bill Belichick thought really highly of him. According to recent reports, one of Harry’s former college coaches, Todd Graham spoke to Belichick after the pick and relayed that the Patriots were, indeed, high on Harry. During an interview with The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, Graham explained:
“When I talked to coach Belichick the night that he drafted N’Keal. [Belichick] told me, ‘Man, we were so fortunate that he was still there.’ They were so glad he was still available. They had him graded a lot higher than where he was taken in the first round.”
Harry is said to be an intense competitor who is adept at making contested catches and was able to consistently break tackles in college. He could really fill in for Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement from the league earlier this year.
Harry has already been working out with Julian Edelman, one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, who has been helping him get ready for the upcoming season. When talking about this, Harry said that working with Edelman has helped him become a better player:
“Just seeing the types of things he does, seeing the way he prepares before practice, after practice. Those are going to be the biggest things. He’s helped me a lot so far. I’ve seen myself improve on route running already within the first three days. So I’m just going to keep listening to him and keep that same approach and that same mindset coming into practice every day.”
We can’t wait to see Harry on the field with the Patriots!