The Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The five-foot-ten, 187-pound Hardman isn’t the biggest of receivers, but where he specializes is in his speed. He ran a blazing a 4.33 40-yard dash, and his deep speed is reflective of that time. With his quick, sudden movements, he is tough for defensive backs to match from an athletic standpoint.
He also has a lot of special teams value, as he is a reliable gunner on punt coverage and averaged over 20 yards per punt return in 2018.
It’s entirely possible Tyreek Hill won’t be returning to the Chiefs following the latest developments in his legal case. Assuming he doesn’t play a down with the team again, Hardman will do a great job of replacing Hill’s speed.
The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to select wide receiver Mecole Hardman with the No. 56 selection of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night, making the speedy wideout Kansas City’s first selection this year.
Hardman hauled in 59 catches for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last 29 games for the Bulldogs, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.
He tallied seven catches of 30+ yards – and four of at least 50+ yards – last season alone.
One of the top return-men in the nation, Hardman earned All-America First-Team honors at kick returner in 2018 from the folks at ESPN. He was a Second-Team selection by Sports Illustrated.
He averaged 20.1 yards per punt return in 2018 – falling just shy of NCAA minimum qualification rankings – but would have ranked second in the nation had he qualified.Hardman possesses blazing speed, plain and simple. His 4.33 40-yard dash was the fifth-fastest among all players at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year (and third among receivers).
And, as his stats suggest, it’s translated to the football field. Check out this 80-yard grab in the National Championship Game a year ago.Ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the country according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com, Hardman was a star on both sides of the ball for Elbert County High School in Bowman, Ga. He earned a trip to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl as a senior, where he lined up at wide receiver and caught three passes for 36 yards.
The Bulldogs had Hardman at defensive back for his first year on campus, but switched him over to the offense in 2017. It turned out to be a wise decision.
The first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, but the Dallas Cowboys have yet to make a pick. The impatience many of us are dealing with right now will finally come to an end today when the Cowboys make the first of their two Day 2 selections at 58th overall in the second-round.
The Dallas Cowboys are slotted to pick 26th in the second-round today, meaning there’s still a lot that’s going to happen between now and then before they can write a name down on their draft card. Instead of getting into specifics of who the Cowboys could select with the 58th overall pick, I’d rather focus on a player I believe they should draft at some point on Day 2 no matter what…Mecole Hardman.
Drafting Hardman 58th overall is a bit of a reach for most people, but I don’t think so if you take into consideration all of the ways he can help as a rookie. I don’t believe the Cowboys will take him that early, but the 90th overall pick in the third-round is much more realistic. If I was in the draft room, I would absolutely pound the table for Hardman in the third if he still available.
Mecole Hardman, the former Georgia product, is a dynamic playmaker in all three phases of the game. He can play receiver, special teams, and even as an emergency defensive back due to his background as a cornerback. That kind of versatility is invaluable, especially in the NFL where roster spots are priceless.
Hardman was part of a deep skill group with the Bulldogs the past two years. Despite being one of the most dynamic playmakers on the team, he only accumulated 73 touches during that time span. He turned those touches into 13 touchdowns, 16 yards per reception, 7.5 yards per rushing attempt, and averaged over 20 yards per punt return. It’s a small sample size, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Surprisingly enough, Hardman is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. He is going to be even better in the NFL than he was in college. But don’t take my word for it, have a look for yourself
Mecole Hardman is the most dangerous player in space in the entire 2019 draft class in my opinion. His legitimate 4.33 speed certainly helps, but it’s his flexibility, explosion, and balance that makes him extremely difficult to tackle in space and in close quarters. There are very few defenders, if any, who possess the kind of quickness and athleticism to corral him, which is why he can turn a simple play into a home run anytime he touches the ball.