Tedy Bruschi: Patriots may have drafted N'Keal Harry because of Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
April 29, 2019 - 10:40 am
Categories: 

For the first time in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots selected a wide receiver in the first round when they drafted Arizona State wide out N'Keal Harry Thursday night.

It also went against the trend of what kind of receivers the team usually drafts. Harry, who is 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, is much bigger and more physical than the typical Patriots receiver. 

ESPN's Mike Reiss reached out to Tedy Bruschi to get his perspective and he noted perhaps Belichick saw the success Tom Brady had with Josh Gordon last season and wanted to have something similar again this year.

"They get him last year, put a 6-3, 225-pound target out there and see what a great piece it was for them, how great it was for Tom Brady," he said. "Maybe that changed the perception of what they might need."

Bruschi added: "I think Bill's always gone with trends and where the league is going. To have a big wide receiver, for possibly shots down the field off play-action; if they decide they still want to be a power-running team, this is a guy that can do it for you."

It is worth noting Gordon could still play for the Patriots next season if he does get reinstated by the league after signing his tender with the team a few weeks ago.

In three seasons at ASU, Harry caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Related: Patriots inquired on QB Josh Rosen before trade to Dolphins, per one report