N’Keal Harry Traded, Who the New England Patriots Could Have Drafted Instead


N’Keal Harry, a wide receiver in the NFL, was just recently traded to the Chicago Bears from the New England Patriots. Harry was the 32nd pick out of Arizona State in the 2019 NFL Draft as a first-round selection. He has been a total bust and maybe needed a fresh start somewhere else.

The NFL week 4 odds are not out yet, but they will be when the time comes. The New England Patriots don’t have a very good receiving core, but who could they have had in that 2019 NFL Draft at the wide receiver position, and what does their wide receiver room also look like now?

Draft Class

In the 2019 NFL Draft, several marquee wide receivers were drafted in the second and later rounds that season the New England Patriots could have had. Deebo Samuel on the San Francisco 49ers, A.J. Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles (originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans), Mecole Hardman Jr. of the Kansas City Chiefs, and D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks, who was drafted in the second round, are all top tier wide receivers on their respective football teams.

When Metcalf was drafted 64th overall that season, the Seattle pick was actually acquired via a trade from the New England Patriots. That actually makes New England look worse, and they have never drafted wide receivers well.

Deebo Samuel is one of the best wide receivers at running with the football, blocking, and catching it in the NFL. A.J. Brown is a headache in open space and can make 1-on-1 catches which help out the quarterbacks and is a nightmare for defensive backs, though.

As for Hardman, he was the number two wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mecole Hardman Jr. could very well be the number one wide receiver for Kansas, with Tyreek Hill being traded away to the Miami Dolphins. It helps when Patrick Mahomes is your starting quarterback.

Patriots Now

After the N’Keal Harry trade, the top four wide receivers on the current roster as we speak for second-year quarterback Mac Jones are Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, and Nelson Agholor. No defensive coordinator is going to lose sleep over those wide receivers whatsoever. They are not offensively home-run threats and can’t create separations.

Maybe they can try and sign for a washed-up Julio Jones. He is injury prone and does not have the same elite step as he once did. Jones was with the Tennessee Titans last season and was released during the offseason.

Bears Now

With N’Keal Harry having a new home with the Chicago Bears, second-year quarterback Justin Fields lacks wide receivers in Chicago, and Harry doesn’t upgrade the wide receiver room.

Darnell Mooney is by far the best wide receiver on the Bears roster, and maybe Byron Pringle can break out for them this season if he can stay out of trouble for them. Chicago may have the worst wide receivers group in the entire NFL, and the offensive line is no better for them.

It feels like they are setting up Justin Fields to fail in the NFL, but time will tell how big of a jump he makes from year one to year two. However, it’ll be more than challenging for the second year quarterback. Like Mitch Tribuisky, and so many QBs before him, the Bears organization is setting their quarterbacks up to fail.

However, it feels like head coach Bill Belichick is letting the game of football pass by him, and it hasn’t been the same since quarterback Tom Brady left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl with them.

His drafting malpractice has cost them now, which is why N’Keal Harry is not around with the New England Patriots anymore. New England and Chicago are both expected to miss the playoffs this season.