Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman is visiting the Philadelphia Eagles today.
It’s fitting that Hardman took a picture of DeSean Jackson’s locker because he fits in that mold. Hardman isn’t very big (5-10, 187 pounds) but he is very fast (4.33 40-yard dash). He finished his college career with 16.0 yards per reception; 60 receptions for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 13 rushing attempts for 97 yards and two scores. Hardman was also dangerous on punt returns considering he fielded 39 punts for a strong 15.2 average and one touchdown.
Hardman didn’t play receiver until landing at Georgia; he was previously a cornerback. So he’s still learning the position. Projections have him going as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.
Hardman is now the fifth known wide receiver prospect to be hosted by the Eagles on a pre-draft visit. The team is clearly doing their homework on that position. It’s interesting that Philly would still be interested in a speedster like Hardman despite adding Jackson earlier this offseason. Then again, Jackson turns 33 in December so it can’t hurt to have an eye on the future.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares Hardman to Tyler Lockett. Scouting report:
Raw but explosive with burst to uncover underneath and a second gear to threaten over the top. Hardman is a relative newcomer to the position and it shows up at times in routes and his struggles competing for the ball in traffic. Hardman could develop into a lesser version of Tyreek Hill with his playmaking potential after the catch, on deep balls and as a returner. Speed kills in today’s game and Hardman’s could be coveted on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3).
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Georgia WR Mecole Hardman
Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery - [Click here]
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd - [Click here]
Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill - [Click here]
Penn State RB Miles Sanders - [Click here]
Memphis RB Darrell Henderson - [Click here]
Ohio State WR Parris Campbell - [Click here]
Clemson DT Christian Wilkins - [Click here]
Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson - [Click here]
UCF DT Trysten Hill - [Click here]
Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry - [Click here]
Alabama RB Josh Jacobs - [Click here]
Georgia CB Deandre Baker - [Click here]
Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat - [Click here]
Virginia S Juan Thornhill - [Click here]
Houston CB Isaiah Johnson - [Click here]
Houston DT Ed Oliver - [Click here]
Maryland S Darnell Savage (Local) - [Click here]
Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom - [Click here]
Oklahoma OT Cody Ford - [Click here]
Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown - [Click here]
Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye - [Click here]
Arkansas G/C Hjalte Froholdt - [Click here]
TCU DE L.J. Collier - [Click here]
Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximines - [Click here]
Michigan RB Karan Higdon - [Click here]
Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - [Click here]
Alabama State OT Tytus Howard - [Click here]