This is the 11th in an ongoing series on 2019 NFL Draft prospects by Chris Reed. He will analyze possible 2019 NFL Draft picks and their fit for the Raiders. Today, we look at North Carolina State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon.
Name: Kelvin Harmon
Position: Wide Receiver
School: North Carolina State
Large frame with wide catch radius, makes contested catches look easy, crisp route runner, physical and quick enough to beat press coverages, athletic enough to stack DB’s, willing and aggressive run blocker.
Lacks elite burst, lacks top end speed, did not show much run after the catch ability.
Why He Would Fit the Raiders
Kelvin Harmon is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound physical receiver with a sturdy frame. He did not show great athletic ability but makes coming down with contested catches look easy. He isn’t going to blow past corners in the NFL but he can beat press coverages and showed the ability to stack defensive backs at times in the vertical game. It was surprising to see considering his overall lack of top end speed.
He most likely will have trouble getting behind more athletic corners in the NFL but he will make up for it with his ability to go up and get the ball. He is another in the line of bigger physical receiving prospects coming out in this year’s draft but he may be the best 50/50 ball winner of them all. Kelvin routinely made sideline and contested grabs. That ability is what will get him drafted into the NFL.
Harmon compiled 2,665 yards while averaging 15.1 yards per reception. He also found the end zone 16 times scoring seven of them last season. Even without that top gear, he could give quarterback Derek Carr a reliable target downfield. Quarterbacks love guys that they can just throw a pass up to and trust that they can come down with it.
Why He Would Not Fit the Raiders
Harmon is a physically imposing prospect but he does have some question marks surrounding his athleticism. The Raiders offense and team as a whole has struggled with a lack of speed for some time. Gruden and Mayock have mentioned it and will look to add athletes across the roster this offseason. While any offense would benefit from Kelvin’s skill set, he may test outside of what the new front office is looking for.
He also didn’t seem to put up much in terms of yards after the catch. Most NFL offenses have large “quick game” packages that are designed to get the ball out fast. They rely on the receiver to be able to pick up yards to keep the offense on time. Gruden may go in another direction with so many other prospects who have proven that to be a strength of their game.