ASU star N'Keal Harry impresses at NFL Combine, would love to play with Larry Fitzgerald

Posted at 6:00 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 22:46:49-04

N'Keal Harry is already a phenomenal athlete -- but like most phenomenal athletes, he's never satisfied.

"There are many things I can get better at," the former ASU wide receiver and Chandler High School alum said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday. "For me, it's really a lot of technique things: working on my hands, coming off the ball, the top of my routes, things that I've been working on through this process and things that I'm excited to show on Saturday."

Harry, who could be a first-round pick in April's NFL Draft, has already impressed NFL scouts in Indianapolis. During his bench press Friday, he did 27 reps at 225 pounds, matching Mississippi's D.K. Metcalf for the most among any wide receiver.

But Saturday will be another big day for Harry.

The NFL Combine -- a series of physical and mental tests that NFL Draft prospects are put through -- is the SAT of the football world. Just like a low SAT score can cost a high-school student his or her dream college, poor performances in a certain Combine drill can be the difference between drafted in the first round, or much lower.

On Saturday, Harry will be put through a number of on-field speed and agility drills that will allow him to showcase his full array of skills. He's been training for the moment for months.

"I'm not really feeling pressure from anyone but myself," he said. "I have expectations for myself. I have goals that I want to live up to.

"I feel like I can really play anywhere. To become an elite wide receiver at the NFL I just have to work on my hands more, work on coming off the ball more, but I feel like wherever a team needs me to play, I can play and I can play at a high level."

A prized recruit out of Chandler High School, Harry decided to stay home and play at ASU. He made some incredible catches during his three seasons in Tempe, while playing under two head coaches -- Todd Graham in 2016 and '17, and Herm Edwards last year.

"It's benefited me so much," Harry said about playing for Edwards, a former NFL head coach. "He prepared me for this moment. He prepared me for to be right here talking to you guys and he's really done a great job for the program.

"He kept it real with me always. He's the exact same guy that everyone saw on TV. He's just like that 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

It's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals could use another wide receiver, and Harry just so happens to idolize Larry Fitzgerald. Would N'Keal look good in Cardinal red?

"That would be amazing," Harry said about possibly playing with Fitz in Arizona. "Of course he's a legend. There's so much wisdom that he has. Playing with a guy like that would benefit me extremely.

"I grew up watching him. He's been a great example for me."

But ultimately, Harry knows all he can do in Indianapolis is his best, and let the chips fall where they may in April. And heading into Saturday, his focus is exactly where it should be.

"I'm just doing it for myself," he said. "I'm not here to prove my doubters wrong. I'm here to prove the people who believe in me right.

"As we all know within the draft, you can go anywhere. Anything could happen in the draft, so I'm just leaving it up to God right now."