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N’Keal Harry has low trade value; it might only take a 6th-round pick to trade for the Patriots receiver

Dec 21, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry (15) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

N’Keal Harry requested a trade from the Patriots because he feels he doesn’t feel he get the opportunity to showcase his skills in New England’s offense. The 23-year-old receiver only has 45 catches and 414 yards in two seasons. As a result, Harry’s estimated trade value is a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

Harry has a lot of talent and is still very young. He is a big, physical receiver with great speed. However, his production from college has not translated to the NFL, and his agent feels a fresh start is what his client needs.

The Patriots drafted Harry in the first round out of Arizona State. Harry had 2,889 receiving yards in three years, including back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The talent is there, and Harry feels he needs the right opportunity.

Harry only has 81 total targets in two seasons with the Patriots. He had more catches his sophomore year in College than he has total targets for his professional career.

A lot of teams should be interested in acquiring the 23-year-old because the upside is there. In addition, if a team can get him for only a sixth-round pick, Harry could have a new team by training camp.

The Patriots don’t have the best luck with young wide receivers. For example, they took Harry in the first round with players like AJ Brown and DK Metcalf still available. Both receivers have made Pro Bowls and are looking like future superstars. Meanwhile, Harry’s value has dropped, and it looks like it won’t take much to execute a trade.

The Patriots have struggled developing receiver talent over the past decade. Players such as Aaron Dobson, Brandon Tate, and Chad Jackson were all taken within the first three rounds. However, they never developed to be reliable options at the position.

This is also one of the reasons why Tom Brady isn’t finishing his career in New England. The team didn’t put many weapons around him and failed to develop the young receivers they tried to draft.

N’Keal Harry doesn’t have exceptional trade value, which means teams will be interested. There’s a chance he could be on a new team by training camp. However, if that isn’t the case, Harry could be traded before the 2021 trade deadline.

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