N’Keal Harry is a player who ‘should be traded’ this offseason
Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry is coming off a season in which he played just 12 games and recorded just 22 targets and zero touchdowns.
The former first-round pick — entering his fourth season and in the final year of his rookie contract — has underperformed so far in his professional career. Despite Harry’s struggles, NFL.com’s Adam Rank isn’t ready to give up on Harry just yet.
“I remain in love with his potential,” Rank said.
Rank thinks a team that needs help, like the Bears, should be willing to give up a third-day pick in exchange for Harry. Harry would get a fresh start, the Patriots would move on, and Chicago would build up depth, so everyone would benefit in Rank’s eyes.
Harry requested a trade before the start of last season, but backtracked and said it would be “just fine” to stay with the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick vouched for him, but Harry has played virtually no role this season.
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, with legit athleticism, Harry fits the bill for an elite receiver on paper. In reality, he hasn’t lived up to the hype since the Patriots kicked him out of Arizona State in 2019.
However, Harry is only 24 and Rank thinks he would be wise for teams that don’t want to spend big but need a receiver to learn about a player once on many teams’ radar.
“A lot of teams, what they do is go back to their original scouting,” Rank said. “When N’Keal Harry was coming out of ASU, he was a very sought after player.”