The New England Patriots made several bold moves last offseason. Getting a wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was a big move. It was a bold move. Guess what… Head coach Bill Belichick ignored scouts when it comes to getting N’Keal Harry.
Some people watch Harry play and say, “Man the Patriots should’ve drafted Deebo Samuel or A.J. Brown over that guy?”
If you are one of these guys, you’d get plenty of support from members of the Patriots family.
The Patriots got Harry in the first round of the 2019 draft. He didn’t live up to the expectations. Belichick decided to trust the young player, but it was a bad move. Maybe he will be a victim of circumstance. Harry has yet to show the power first-round receivers have.
Bill Belichick should’ve listened to scouts
Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated provided a nice insight into how the Patriots head coach has operated ahead of, and during the draft. Breer said that Belichick has ignored input from Patriots scouts. Belichick decided to pick his personal favorites despite warnings from Patriots staggers.
“It also, as some saw it, led to misses like N’Keal Harry in 2019. Harry killed his 30 visit that spring and had a college coach, Todd Graham, who was close to Belichick. In that end, without more input from scouts who preferred Deebo Samuel and A.J. Brown, the coach wound up leaning on his own experience with Harry, rather than the red flags his scouts planted, and lost a golden opportunity to fill a hole on his roster.”
Breer relied on Robert Kraft’s recent comments. He reported that Belichick took a different approach ahead of the upcoming draft. New England was more collaborative following the 2020 season. They finished it with a 7-9 record.
The only thing we can do right now is sit and wait. Harry’s days may be numbered. The Patriots have received trade calls for Harry. Will they give up on the young player?