Nick Caserio explains what Patriots are getting in WR N'Keal Harry

Ryan Hannable
April 26, 2019 - 7:00 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made history in a way when they selected wide receiver N'Keal Harry in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.

It marked the first time in the Bill Belichick era a wide receiver has been taken in the first round.

"We’re not concerned about what’s happened in the past," director of player personnel Nick Caserio said. "We look at the players across this year’s board and we stack the players obviously horizontally and vertically and then we work across, so it’s the same thing we did with Sony [Michel] last year. We drafted Sony at the bottom of the first round. So, he was a good player, a highly-graded player, so relative to the options we were looking at, that was the choice that we made. Whatever happens in the past really has no bearing because it has no relevance to this year."

So, what kind of player are the Patriots getting?

" [He’s been] a productive player over a three-year period," Caserio said. "He played for a couple of different coaches. He played for coach [Todd] Graham for a couple of years and then coach [Herm] Edwards came in, but he’s been a pretty productive player in their systems. He’s a big, strong receiver with good hands, good with the ball after the catch and he had a chance to play against some decent people in the PAC 12 [Conference], so we’ll get him out here and try to get him the program and get him moving."

He added: "He’s a strong guy. He’s hard to tackle. He actually has a little bit of ability to just make people miss. It’s one of the things that he’s been productive doing. You get the ball in his hands and he’s been able to make some yards. We’ll see if that translates over to us here when we get him."

As for what he needs to do to contribute, it's nothing different than anyone else on the roster.

"Well, show up, work hard, take coaching and just try to improve each day," Caserio said. "Honestly, that’s a formula for every player. If you do that – I mean, it’s not that hard. It seems pretty simple but it’s not that hard. But, if you do those things – if you show up, if you work hard, develop a routine, have good habits, get into a day-to-day, you’re consistent day-to-day and you take coaching and you improve – you’re probably going to become a decent player. If you don’t do those things, it’s probably not going to go too well for you."

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