Harmon, born in Liberia, came to the United States when he was four years old, growing up to be one of the top high school wide receivers in New Jersey. He set a North Carolina State freshman record with five touchdown receptions in 2016 before hauling in 69 catches for 1,107 yards as a sophomore, becoming the first Wolfpack player since 2003 to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
He continued his three-year connection with quarterback Ryan Finley last season, making 81 catches for 1,186 yards and seven touchdowns, earning first-team All-ACC honors before declaring early for the draft and skipping the Gator Bowl.
On passes to the sideline, especially on back-shoulder throws, he was often a man among boys in college. About one-third of his 177 career receptions went for at least 20 yards.
Although Harmon is physically mature with prototypical size, he isn't an elite athlete, lacking quick-twitch movements in and out of his routes and not known for his ability to make extra yards after the catch. But he thrives due to his strength, body control and tracking ability on throws down field, which helped him average 15.1 yards per reception in college.
Whether Harmon can carry over his college production and muscle up defensive backs in the pros will be a judgment for NFL scouts to make. But even if his outside-the-hashmarks numbers fall in the NFL, his other skills should make him an underneath target all day as a possession receiver who is keenly aware of how to settle into the soft spots in zone coverage. One more positive: He won't back down from any physical challenges, including blocking in the run game.
Projection: Second/Third Round
--Field Level Media