Mecole Hardman

Mecole Hardman

24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Kansas City Chiefs
Doubtful
Injury Pelvis
Est. Return 2/12/2023
Fri Practice: DNP
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Last offseason, Sammy Watkins' departure from KC was a selling point for Hardman's third-year breakout. It didn't happen, though the 2019 second-round pick with 4.33 speed played 17 games and finished with career highs for targets, catches and yards. Those numbers were still shy of starter territory in most fantasy leagues, especially with only two TDs. There were a few positives, however, apart from the modest increase in volume, with Hardman's 8.5-yard YAC average (and seven broken tackles) allowing him to produce 11.7 YPR even with a career-low 7.4 aDOT (down from 11.0 and 10.6 his first two years). The target depth could rebound this year with Tyreek Hill traded to Miami, though the Chiefs signed deep threat Marquez Valdes- Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster this spring, later picking Skyy Moore in Round 2. The degree of turnover — Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson also signed elsewhere — creates the upside of the unknown in what should still be a top-5 offense, but Hardman still hasn't displayed the route-running skills, strength and consistency that allowed Hill to take full advantage of his elite speed. Read Past Outlooks
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#155.83
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$Signed a four-year, $5 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2019.
Doubtful for Super Bowl
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Pelvis
February 3, 2023
Hardman (pelvis) is listed as doubtful after the first week of preparation ahead of Super Bowl LVII versus the Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 12.
ANALYSIS
Making his first appearance since Week 9 during this past Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals, Hardman aggravated his pelvic injury in the second half and now appears to be trending toward an absence from the upcoming Super Bowl, as coach Andy Reid intimated Thursday to Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com. Still, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Thursday that the Chiefs are seeking additional opinions on Hardman to see if he may have a chance to suit up Feb. 12. Hardman's activity level next Wednesday through Friday likely will be the determining factor in that regard.
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How do Mecole Hardman's 2022 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
33.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.96
 
% Team Air Yards
6.1%
 
% Team Targets
5.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.5%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.7
 
% Targeted On Route
14.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.27
 
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Snap %
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2022 WR Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

81867%
4173%
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3257%
51142%
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12810%
1629%
313%
00%
121%
916%
30%
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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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2020
2019
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.
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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Getting opinions on injury
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Pelvis
February 2, 2023
The Chiefs are gathering opinions to determine if Hardman (pelvis) has a chance to play in Super Bowl LVII against the Bengals, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Trending toward missing Super Bowl
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Pelvis
February 2, 2023
Coach Andy Reid told Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com on Thursday that Hardman (pelvis) is unlikely to be available for Super Bowl LVII versus the Eagles. "I think it'll be tough for him," Reid relayed.
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No practice Wednesday
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Pelvis
February 1, 2023
Hardman (pelvis) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report.
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Aggravates pelvis injury
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Pelvis
January 29, 2023
Hardman (pelvis) is questionable to return to Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals.
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Returns to action Sunday
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January 29, 2023
Hardman (pelvis) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals.
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