Not a burner by any means but posted a 4.53 in the 40 yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine. Play speed is slower than that. NFL corners will not be threatened by his deep speed. Speed is still good for his size (6'2, 228).
Contested catch specialist. Thrives making catches against tight coverage with strong hands and body control outside the numbers. His ball skills and ability to post up defenders will be even more valuable at the NFL level. Suffered a few concentration drops when running through traffic.
Strong release against press, uses physicality and upper body strength to get defender's hands off his body. Uses leverage well to get himself catch space against man and understands how to find open space in zone coverage. Not sure he was asked to run many intermediate routes (comebacks, digs, curls, etc.) in college. Upright in his breaks slowing him down. Feet are too slow to create separation against press and getting out of breaks.
Praised for his strength. Put up 27 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press at the combine. Hands are incredibly strong making catches. When run blocking he manhandles DBs and is strong enough to blast linebackers as well. Strength makes him hard to get down leading to plenty of YAC.
If he's going vertical for a jump ball, everything is going to be contested because he won't get separation from NFL corners. That being said, he went vertical against the PAC-12's top corners and usually came down with those balls. Back-shoulder throws will be a big part of what he does in the NFL once he learns the proper technique. Jumped 38.5 inches at the combine.
Run after Catch
Turns into a power running back after the catch using a strong stiff arm to get off tackles. Has surprising ability to jump cut, sidestep, and spin away from inside pursuit. Gets tough yards that most receivers don't work hard for. Will get caught from behind. Also returned punts.
Catching in Traffic
Stong hands and soaks contact. Physically able to handle going through the middle and making a catch knowing contact is coming. Has a few concentration drops in this area but issues are not due to inability.
Big Play Ability
He makes incredible catches downfield and is a threat to break a tackle and pick up a big YAC underneath. Won't get as many opportunities in the NFL and speed will get him caught from behind.
Played in every game while at ASU.
Alpha dog mentality on the field. Strong and loves to mix it up when blocking. Will fight for extra yards.
Consistently produced every year at ASU. 2-time First Team All-Conference selection. 3rd all time in receptions and receiving yards at ASU in only 3 years.
No character concerns.
Not fast enough to run by corners. Will come down with the jump ball more often than not. Will probably draw a lot of Pass Interference calls in his favor.
Over the Middle
Not going to get much separation but uses his body to shield the ball from defenders. Physically built to take the hits that come with running through the middle. Has tendency to fade routes upfield intstead of staying level. Finds space and finds a way to get to the ball when its in the air.
Ultra-competitive with an alpha dog demeanor that will earn him respect in the locker room. Seems to know himself well. Was a leader at ASU even tho he wasn't a senior
Had at least 1 catch in every single game at ASU. Played in 37 straight games. Didn't disappear in any games his last year, even when he was the focal point of opponents game plan.
Contested catching ability is outstanding. Strong, physical, tough, and competitive. Run-after-catch ability is excellent especially at his size. Production was consistently among the best in the conference and nationally. Excellent run blocker. Made big plays. Uses his body very well to make catches without separation.
Game speed is not fast enough to run away from NFL coverage. Not clean or fast getting in and out of breaks. Needs to develop route running as far as releases, timing, and setting up his breaks.
N'Keal Harry is a highly productive receiver who's competitiveness and physicality allow him to make contested catches consistently. This will serve him well in the NFL where he won't get much separation and quarterbacks are used to throwing into tight windows. Brady will love him because he can throw the ball up to Harry and he will make plays. Harry lands in a great situation with Brady at QB, an excellent route runner in Julian Edelman, and a veteran big receiver in Demaryius Thomas who can teach him how to use his body most effectively. Like Thomas, Harry might need a year or 2 to learn how to thrive in the league. Overall, the Pats are getting another weapon that can be deployed in the slot or outside the numbers in the pass game and a dominant blocker who will benefit the run game.