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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$Signed a four-year, $5 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2019.
Racks up 62 yards
WRKansas City Chiefs
October 17, 2021
Hardman recorded four receptions on five targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over Washington.
ANALYSIS
Hardman tallied the Chiefs' longest gain of the game when he hauled in a deep pass for 49 yards late in the first quarter. He was otherwise limited to short gains and also lost a fumble. Even so, Hardman has seen surprisingly consistent target volume early on this season. Through six games, he has 35 targets while his previous career-high is 62 across a full season.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Mecole Hardman's 2021 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
39.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.90
 
% Team Air Yards
14.3%
 
% Team Targets
16.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.9%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.7
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Snap %
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2021 WR Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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27621%
17460%
22818%
15654%
21817%
13847%
897%
6823%
191%
124%
81%
83%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Overall QB Rating Against
97.9
 
Cornerbacks
77.8
 
Safeties
130.6
 
Linebackers
105.2
 
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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
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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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Leads team in receiving
WRKansas City Chiefs
October 10, 2021
Hardman racked up nine receptions (12 targets) for 76 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Bills.
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Muted day versus Eagles
WRKansas City Chiefs
October 5, 2021
Hardman reeled in two of his three targets for six yards and rushed twice for another 25 yards Sunday versus the Eagles.
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Finds end zone in loss
WRKansas City Chiefs
September 26, 2021
Hardman secured three of four targets for 33 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for two yards and returned two punts for seven yards in the Chiefs' 30-24 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
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Goes for 55 yards on SNF
WRKansas City Chiefs
September 19, 2021
Hardman had five receptions (eight targets) for 55 yards in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Ravens.
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Quiet in win
WRKansas City Chiefs
September 14, 2021
Hardman secured all three of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 33-29 win over the Browns.
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