Mecole Hardman

Georgia
WR

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Bowman, GA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
187 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.68
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 2 ‧ Pick 24
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40 Yard Dash
4.33u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Carey Mecole (MEE-cole) Hardman was a high school All-American defender as well as Class AAA Georgia Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback his senior year at Elbert County High School. The top 50 prospect nationally signed with the Bulldogs for the 2016 season, and played in 11 games on special teams, making four coverage tackles and returning one kickoff for 17 yards. Coaches got him the ball on offense in 2017, even starting him once in 15 games played at receiver (25-418-16.7, four TD receiving; 8-61-7.6 two TD rushing). Hardman provided excitement on special teams, as he ranked eighth in the FBS on punt-return average (23-271-11.8) and also excelled on kickoff returns (20-505-25.3). He scored both of the Bulldogs' touchdowns against Alabama in the national championship game. He continued to make plays as a receiver (34-532-15.6, seven TD receiving; 5-36-7.2 rushing in 14 games with five starts) and on special teams as a junior, garnering second-team All-SEC notice for his returns (16-321-20.1, one TD on punts; 14-353-25.2 on kickoffs). He would have ranked second in the FBS in punt-return average but came up one return short of qualifying.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Tyler Lockett
Overview
Raw but explosive with burst to uncover underneath and a second gear to threaten over the top. Hardman is a relative newcomer to the position and it shows up at times in routes and his struggles competing for the ball in traffic. Hardman could develop into a lesser version of Tyreek Hill with his playmaking potential after the catch, on deep balls and as a returner. Speed kills in today's game and Hardman's could be coveted on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3).
Strengths
  • Only two seasons as receiver and is likely to rapidly develop
  • Too sudden to press
  • Rapid turnover when burning down the track
  • Early burst turns to pull-away speed on vertical routes
  • Smooth ball-tracker bringing it in over his shoulder
  • Combines speed/quickness to uncover on all three levels
  • Bouncy leaper
  • Wiggle to elude first tackle and speed to house it
  • Tough runner with ball in his hands. Explosive punt-return potential, averaging a little over 20 yards per return this year
  • Offers gunner value on punt cover
Weaknesses
  • Just two of seven receiving touchdowns against SEC competition
  • Too reliant upon athletic gifts to get open at this stage
  • Lacks commitment and urgency on in-breaking routes
  • Appears to hear footsteps
  • Inconsistent acceleration out of breaks and cuts routes off short
  • Makes the easy catches but struggles with contested
  • Hasn't learned to body defenders and protect the throw
Sources Tell Us

"He can go! He didn't play receiver in high school and came in as a defensive back so we haven't even seen what he's going to be able to do once he learns his position." - AFC wide receivers coach

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league