Patriots Trade Rumors: N'Keal Harry Expected to Command Conditional 6th-Round Pick

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2021

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 20: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots takes the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots wideout N'Keal Harry formally requested a trade through his agent on Tuesday. 

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Statement from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Patriots</a> WR N’Keal Harry’s agent Jamal Tooson, who has formally requested a trade for the 2019 first-round pick. <a href="https://t.co/3xdJbbar28">pic.twitter.com/3xdJbbar28</a>

But the Pats might not get much of a haul for the 2019 first-round pick. 

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the team would not command much more than a conditional sixth-round pick in a trade:

Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

Talked to league exec who estimates N'Keal Harry will be worth a conditional 6th Rd pick. Teams expected to have interest. Harry will be looking for offense to utilize as contested catch guy, size and strength in red zone and deep. Speed-and-precision offense probably not for him

Given that low expected price tag, however, there's always the chance that teams could simply wait on the possibility of Harry being released. 

Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable

Why would a team trade for N’Keal Harry if there’s a chance he could be available for nothing at the end of the summer?

Of course, it only takes one interested team unwilling to risk missing out on a young player like Harry to get a deal done. 

The 23-year-old has largely disappointed in his two seasons in New England, totaling just 45 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns. That's hardly the production you want from the former No. 32 overall pick. 

The question NFL teams will be asking, as they consider a potential Harry trade, is whether the Arizona State product was simply a bad schematic fit in New England or a player who was dramatically over-drafted and never likely to be a productive NFL starter. 

Sam Monson @PFF_Sam

I've brought this up a lot before, but if the FIRST thing you tell me about a college WR is his contested catch skills, there's a problem.<br><br>It's not that contested catch skills aren't useful, but I need to know can he get open and win at the NFL in other ways first.

Ben Volin @BenVolin

It's not just that the Patriots could've had AJ Brown, DK Metcalf or Terry McLaurin with the 32nd pick.<br><br>18 WRs from the 2019 draft class have produced more yards than N'Keal Harry (414), and 10 WRs have caught more TDs (four). <br><br>Includes several late-round and undrafted players: <a href="https://t.co/5mh1pngr8q">pic.twitter.com/5mh1pngr8q</a>

It's too early to label Harry a bust, though his time in New England will certainly be considered as much, assuming he's traded or released this offseason.

Given how wideouts drafted behind him have produced—A.J. Brown and DK Metcalf are already two of the top wideouts in the game, while Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel, Diontae Johnson and Darius Slayton, among others, are all very good to solid starters—it's undeniable that Harry was a huge miss for the Pats. 


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