Who Is N'Keal Harry, the Patriots' Rare First-Round Wide Receiver?

April 25, 2019 - 9:26 pm

FOXBORO (WEEI) -- Tom Brady has a new wide receiver to target.

With pick No. 32 overall in the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected wide receiver N'Keal Harry out of Arizona State. Harry reportedly visited New England in the pre-draft process, so the organization has a strong idea of what he can do.

This is the first time in the Bill Belichick era the Patriots have drafted a receiver in the first round.

Here are three things to know about the Arizona State product

1. The wideout had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his last two years in college. He was a little better in 2017, when he had 82 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdown. This past fall, he had 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, he has great hands and can also get yards after the catch. He can benefit the offense both as a deep threat and in the red zone.

2. He was born in Canada, and after coming to the United States with his grandmother, tried several sports including soccer, football, and basketball. He ultimately stuck with football against her wishes; she wanted him to play a less physical sport.

3. Harry is from Arizona and he said he expected the Cardinals to select him at No. 33 overall if he were still available. "If for whatever reason I do end up slipping to the second round, I don't see myself slipping past 33," he said on the Burns and Gambo Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

By Ryan Hannable