Every rookie's value depends on landing in the right spot, but we're still waiting to see if Mecole Hardman did, which makes him more of a mid-round pick on Draft Day. If Tyreek Hill is suspended in 2019, Hardman could have a big opportunity; if not, he might struggle to see the field. You'll need to keep a close eye on Hill's status, because Hardman could be the big-play and gadget option for Andy Reid to play with this season. That upside makes him worth targeting, but you also must acknowledge the downside that he doesn't even see the field much as a rookie.
The Chiefs selected Hardman in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 56th overall. Kansas City needed to address receiver with the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill, but Hardman going above players like D.K. Metcalf and Hakeem Butler is still a bit of a surprise. That said, Hardman is a different player than those two. He was a five-star athlete coming out of high school who began his University of Georgia career at cornerback before switching to receiver as a sophomore in 2017. Hardman has game-breaking speed (4.33 40-yard dash) as a vertical receiver and immediately fills a need as a downfield threat for Patrick Mahomes. He can also contribute in the return game. In all, Hardman is a toolsy player who is just scratching the surface of his potential at receiver. At 21 years old, Hardman can develop into a major weapon in the Kansas City passing game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|