Mecole Hardman

Overall Rank
WR148
2023
Height
5' 10"
Weight
187 lbs
Arm Length
30"
(15th)
Draft Pick
2.24
(2019)
College
Georgia
Age
26.2
Best Comparable Player
Eddie Royal
Workout Metrics
4.33
98th
102.0
77th
121.6
51st
11.00
77th
10.04
57th
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Catch Radius
18.7%
(21st)
College Dominator
15.1%
(28th)
College Target Share
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Breakout Age

Mecole Hardman Bio

Mecole Hardman is a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Elberton, Georgia native was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 56th overall pick. Before catching passes from Patrick Mahomes II, Hardman shined at Elbert High School in Georgia, so much so he was deemed a five-star high school prospect. He did not move far from home, opting to play his college ball at the University of Georgia. Georgia’s offense is not a high-octane passing offense, which attributed to Hardman hauling in 59 receptions, 961 yards, and 11 touchdowns over the course of two healthy seasons. Hardman’s 19th-percentile college dominator rating and 28th-percentile 15.1-percent college target share left plenty to desire.

The Kansas City Chiefs overlooked Mecole Hardman's underwhelming college stats and instead focused on his 63rd-percentile college yards per reception and 98th-percentile 4.33 40 time and selected Hardman ahead of DK Metcalf, Diontae Johnson, and Terry McLaurin. Hardman has been a fine piece for the Chiefs, but he surely has not been one of those three. He brought in 67 receptions from 103 targets over his first two seasons. He finished as the WR38 in fantasy football as a rookie in 2019, just behind the aforementioned Diontae Johnson. That seasons did include winning a Super Bowl ring, but he was not necessarily the engine behind that success.

Mecole Hardman did play better in 2021. He set career-highs in receptions (59), targets (83), and yards (693). His 16 red-zone targets finished 16th among wide receivers, and his 487 yards after catch was seventh at the position. But his opportunity and efficiency numbers continue to lag behind. Hardman’s 13.2-percent air yards share finished 91st among wide receivers and his 13 deep targets ranked 47th at the position, ominous for a speedster. He played just 53.5-percent of Kansas City's snaps, placing him 95th at his position. His 13.1-percent target share wasn't much better, ranking 79th among wide receivers. His 7.5-yard average target depth was 96th at the position. He ranked 43rd at the position with 8.3 yards per target. Mecole Hardman is a talented wide receiver but has not put it all together as running mate to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce that the Chiefs envisioned. He was facing a make-or-break 2022 season before the Chiefs dealt Tyreek Hill while also acquiring JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Hardman's contract expires after this upcoming season; he needs a strong one to stick around.