What a difference two years can make.
In late April 2019, the New England Patriots were hoping to infuse their offense with talent via the draft.
To that end, they invested the No. 32 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State.
— Keal (@NkealHarry15) April 26, 2019
Harry certainly looked every bit the part of a playmaking NFL stud.
He’s 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and was supposed to make life easier for his quarterbacks.
It has not quite panned out that way in New England, and recent reports indicate that the former Sun Devils wide receiver is looking to get a fresh start by being traded to another team.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 6, 2021
Here are three franchises that should engage New England in a trade for Harry.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
To be fair, it’s not like the Pittsburgh Steelers absolutely need any more talent on the outside.
Adding a player like Harry to an already stacked group of players would seem more like a luxury than a need, but it would certainly be a fun landing spot for him.
Perhaps no team in the NFL develops wide receivers better than Pittsburgh does.
If they can unlock Harry’s physical talents at a greatly reduced price, it might make them a darkhorse candidate to come out of the AFC.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the brightest futures in the NFL, thanks to their home run draft selection of quarterback Justin Herbert.
He profiles as the type of player who will be able to make others around him better, which is one of the highest compliments a young signal-caller can receive.
As exciting as they were last year, the Chargers lost a little bit of talent on offense.
Mike Williams is in a contract year, and will be motivated to have a big season, but he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.
Harry isn’t yet due for a contract extension, but he has to realize that his NFL future is not shining as brightly as it did on draft night.
Pairing him with Herbert, and a motivated Williams could be just the jumpstart the player and the team needs.
1. Detroit Lions
There’s no question that the Detroit Lions are in rebuilding mode after their trade of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford in February.
That’s not to say Jared Goff can’t have a few notable moments with his new team, but the Lions have stripped the cupboard of weapons.
Since Harry’s value is pretty low right now, the Lions would be well served parting ways with a mid-to-late-round draft pick to see if he can turn his career around.
They have nothing to lose.