The Kansas City Chiefs selected Hardman with the 56th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Chiefs have had drama and legal issues surrounding Tyreek Hill in recent months, so it seems as if they wanted to “replace” him with another speedster in Hardman. There is no timetable for Hill’s return, and with him already being suspended from all team activities, it may be the end of the Mahomes-to-Hill connection.
Hardman ran a 4.33 40-yard-dash, which is plenty fast for the NFL, but he still has parts of his game that need polishing. His route-running ability isn’t the best, but it takes time for WR’s to perfect their craft.
The biggest upside to Hardman is his utility tool ability, and his opportunity in the Chiefs offense. Patrick Mahomes loves to make big plays happen, and Hardman definitely has big-play ability. He has already impressed Andy Reid, and should be used mostly in the slot, with more opportunities in the run game, as well as special teams. Demarcus Robinson seems to be his main competition besides the obvious Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins, but I expect Hardman to make the most of his opportunity.
I expect Hardman to do well this season. Nothing major and amazing, but he’ll produce. If you can take him in a dynasty league, and Metcalf, and Harry are off the board, I may look at taking Hardman as the third rookie WR off the board, and especially if you can stack him with Mahomes.
2019 Stat Prediction: 55/725/7 receiving and 23/145/1 rushing