Mecole Hardman
Mecole Hardman
23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Kansas City Chiefs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hardman's second year was much like his first — some big plays, good efficiency, but not nearly enough usage on which to count. At 5-10, 187, Hardman is small, but very fast — 4.33 40 — and he showed off that speed as a rookie with four catches of 40-plus yards on only 41 targets. But he had seven drops on 61 targets last year, and made costly mistakes in the Super Bowl, failing to get his head around on throws and jumping offsides. This season, he could replace Sammy Watkins as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Tyreek Hill, but Demarcus Robinson re-signed in March, and if snap counts are any indication, coach Andy Reid seems to value Robinson's blocking and consistency as much as Hardman's speed. Moreover, both Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are target hogs, making Hardman a long shot for big-time volume should both stay healthy. That said, no passing game has more upside, so Hardman doesn’t necessarily need triple-digit targets for a Year 3 breakout. Read Past Outlooks
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#148.11
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$Signed a four-year, $5 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2019.
Looking sharp this summer
WRKansas City Chiefs
June 28, 2021
Hardman displayed "sizable improvements" at June minicamp, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The report points to route-running, hands and focus as three areas where the 23-year-old has improved, thereby strengthening his case to replace Sammy Watkins (Ravens) as the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver. With fifth-round pick Cornell Powell being the team's most noteworthy wideout addition this offseason, Hardman could end up playing more than three-quarters of the offensive snaps, after logging just 44.9 and 45.3 percent in his first two NFL seasons. Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle are the other candidates to handle the starting job across from Tyreek Hill, but neither Robinson nor Pringle figures to see many targets, regardless of the starter/reserve designation.
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How do Mecole Hardman's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
40.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.30
 
% Team Air Yards
13.2%
 
% Team Targets
10.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
10.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.1%
 
Drop Rate
11.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.0
 
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56943%
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363%
262%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Mecole Hardman's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
187 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.33 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
30.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
For a player who was barely used, Hardman was awfully productive in his rookie season. The 56th overall pick in the 2019 draft scored seven times on 41 targets, including a kick return he brought to the house. He also put up a monstrous 20.7 YPC and 13.1 YPT, league-leading numbers in the unlikely event he were able to maintain that at higher volume. At 5-10, 187, Hardman is small but extremely fast (4.33 40) and is quick and explosive in the open field. He also has the benefit of working with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes in the league's most high-powered offense. The problem for Hardman is usage - he was only the fourth wideout in an offense that also relies heavily on its tight end (Travis Kelce) and throws to its backs. And the Chiefs re-signed Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson, while Tyreek Hill is an even faster version of Hardman and firmly entrenched as the team's No. 1 option. So why is Hardman ranked this high? Because Watkins has been notoriously injury-prone, Hill himself was seriously injured last year and has had problems off the field, and Robinson is not especially good. Should Hardman take a big step forward in Year 2, or one of those players underperform or get hurt, there's massive upside for a player with his skills in this offense.
With Tyreek Hill's playing status up in the air earlier this offseason, the Chiefs used the 56th overall pick to nab a player with similar physical specs. At 5-11, 183, and running a blistering 4.33 40, Hardman's one of the fastest receivers in the rookie class and should immediately find himself as the team's new field stretcher, an especially valuable role given Patrick Mahomes' other-worldly arm. Hardman was a five-star athlete coming out of high school, starting his career at cornerback before switching to receiver. He might be a little raw, but he didn't turn 21 until March and has plenty of room to grow as a player. With Hill now in line to be on the field to start the season and Sammy Watkins still around, Hardman's initial path to steady work is not clear, especially with Travis Kelce being among the league's most targeted tight ends. Of course there isn't really any established depth behind Hill and Watkins, and it's notable that Watkins has an extensive injury history.
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Costly mistakes in Super Bowl loss
WRKansas City Chiefs
February 7, 2021
Hardman secured two of six targets for four yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
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Finds paydirt in AFC title game
WRKansas City Chiefs
January 27, 2021
Hardman hauled in two of three targets for four yards and a touchdown and carried once for 50 yards Sunday in the Chiefs' 38-24 win over the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.
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Subpar Week 17 showing
WRKansas City Chiefs
January 6, 2021
Hardman reeled in both of his targets for 25 yards Sunday against the Chargers.
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Another mediocre showing
WRKansas City Chiefs
December 29, 2020
Hardman logged three catches for 24 yards on six targets and rushed once for 20 yards in Sunday's game versus the Falcons.
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Scores fourth TD in win
WRKansas City Chiefs
December 20, 2020
Hardman caught three of nine targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints, He also lost five yards on his only carry.
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