Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.
All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.
Kelvin Harmon (6’2, 215), Wide Receiver, NC State
20.3 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)
As it currently stands, Kelvin Harmon is the Fantasy Fanalysts’ highest rated receiver, based on his film. Now, we are still early in the process and have quite a few guys to still look at, but it’s a near guarantee that Harmon is going to be a consensus top 5 receiver for us. Harmon is a polished player that doesn’t have any huge weaknesses and has the ability to be a true WR 1 in the NFL.
According to 247 Composite, Harmon was a 3-star recruit out of Palmyra, NJ. While at Palmyra High, Harmon had 165 receptions for 2,764 and 36 touchdowns. Harmon also played safety at Palmyra and recorded 38 tackles, 2 sacks and an INT his senior year. During his senior year, Harmon was named to the all-state, all-county team and was the Burlington County Player of the Year. Harmon was rated as the 88th WR in his class and chose N.C. State over Miami, South Carolina and Boston College.
After his freshman year, where he had 27 catches for 462 yards and 5 touchdowns, Harmon finished his career at N.C. State with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. During his sophomore season, Harmon had 69 receptions for 1,017 yards and 4 touchdowns. Although the touchdowns weren’t there, Harmon was named to the All-ACC Second Team. As a junior (2018), Harmon had 81 receptions, 1,186 yards and 7 touchdowns, which earned him All-ACC First Team honors.
The major thing that sticks out to me is the lack luster touchdown totals. However, when looking at the team stats, N.C. State had a lot of talent at the running back position and usually decided to run the ball for touchdowns.
During Harmon’s sophomore year, Jaylen Samuels and Nyheim Hines, both of whom are in the NFL, combined for 28 total touchdowns. Than this past season, Harmon finished 2nd on the team for touchdowns behind Reggie Gallaspy, who had 19 total touchdowns (18 rushing).
I believe that Harmon has the ability to produce in the Red Zone, he just didn’t really have the opportunity while at N.C. State.
Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score: 3 (Personal Score: 3)
Harmon displays decent speed for a player his size. The thing that really helps him, though, is that he reaches his top speed very quickly. He showed the capability to burn past corners on fly routes at the college level, but I am not sure that this will translate to the NFL level when playing against corners with better technique and overall skill. Harmon also displays good speed on shorter routes, which helps him create separation.
Route Running: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)
Because Harmon doesn’t have a ton of top end speed, he really relies on his route running to help create separation. Harmon displays great footwork, including a nice stutter step that caused multiple corners to look absolutely silly!
Harmon does a good job operating near the sideline and coming back to the ball. He displayed a diverse route tree, especially in the short/intermediate range.
Blocking: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)
I completely understand why you may not be interested in Harmon’s blocking ability, considering it won’t earn you any fantasy points. However, the fact that Harmon is a very capable blocker will allow him to be on the field on any down, distance or situation in the NFL.
Harmon does a good job of finding a defender and engaging with them. He also showed the ability to get downfield and block an open man.
Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score: 4.6 (Personal Score: 5)
Harmon displays great handwork and body positioning throughout his routes. Whenever the ball is thrown to him, he seems to have his body in position to make the catch. Harmon also does a great job of using hands to create space on a consistent basis.
One of our writers that also graded Harmon said that his handwork reminds him of Deandre Hopkins, which is an incredibly high praise.
Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)
Harmon does a great job of high pointing the ball to grab 50/50 balls. He displays good balance and footwork, especially along the sideline. The biggest knock I have on Harmon is that he displayed very little run after the catch ability.
He seemed to catch the ball and end up on the ground within 5 yards on almost all of his routes. Considering he has the tools to produce after the catch, it will be interesting to see if he can develop this skill at the NFL level.
Conclusion: Early/Mid 1st round target
Harmon displays all of the traits and tools to be a true #1 wide receiver in the NFL. But just like we have been saying all off-season, landing spot is really going to affect where these players get drafted. If he ends up in a great landing spot, I think there is a legitimate argument for Harmon being taken with the 1.01. Even if he gets a landing spot that doesn’t seem great, the farthest he should fall is the mid 1st round.