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Mecole Hardman

Mecole Hardman

Wide Receiver #4
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 7
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 187 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:22
Born:March 12, 1998
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (56)
Draft Team:KC

Mecole Hardman: Kept quiet in Super Bowl

Hardman caught one pass for two yards and lost six yards on one carry in a 31-20 win over the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Analysis: Hardman added three kick returns for 58 yards but called for a fair catch on both of the punts he fielded. He was limited to 28 percent snap share on offense, working behind Tyreek Hill (87 percent), Sammy Watkins (87 percent) and Demarcus Robinson (49 percent). With Watkins a potential cap casualty and Robinson at the end of his rookie contract, Hardman likely will enter his second pro season as Kansas City's No. 2 or 3 option at wide receiver. The 21-year-old was quiet in the playoffs, but he made the most of his limited opportunities during the regular season, catching 26 of 41 targets for 538 yards (13.1 per target) and six touchdowns, adding a seventh TD on a kick return.

February 3, 2020 6:40 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Draws crucial penalty

Hardman caught his lone target for an eight-yard gain in Sunday's 35-24 win over Tennessee, adding four kickoff returns for 86 yards, one punt return for seven yards and also drawing a 41-yard pass interference penalty.

Analysis: The ticky-tack penalty was arguably Hardman's biggest contribution, converting a 3rd-and-10 with just under four minutes remaining in the game. Although it didn't show up in the box score, Hardman's role on offense expanded from 17 percent snap share the previous week (a 51-31 win over Houston) to 40 percent share in Sunday's win over Tennessee. Accordingly, Demarcus Robinson dipped from 58 percent to 37 percent, catching two passes for 31 yards in the process. The exact split will be tough to get a read on ahead of time, but the most likely scenario features some form of split between Hardman and Robinson in the No. 3 receiver role during the Super Bowl.

January 20, 2020 10:10 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Rips huge return for score

Hardman had a 30-yard reception on his lone target during Sunday's 31-21 win over the Chargers. He also returned two kicks for 117 yards and a touchdown and three punts for 21 yards.

Analysis: The Chiefs were down early in the second half when Hardman took the kick off and high-stepped up the sideline before cutting back for a 104-yard kick return for a touchdown, the first return touchdown of his career. Hardman has caught multiple passes in just one game since Week 8, but boasts an unreal 20.7 yards-per-reception average this season. After the Chief's first-round bye, they will take on the Patriots, Texans or Bills. In two games against New England and Houston this season, Hardman caught five total passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

December 29, 2019 2:43 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Comes up empty

Hardman was not targeted in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Hardman did log 35 percent of the offensive snaps, an increase from less than 25 in each of the last two tilts, but it didn't turn into anything this week. The rookie is a touchdown-dependent DFS dart at this point, but he could work his way into a larger role in future seasons.

December 24, 2019 10:34 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Good to go

Hardman (glute) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Hardman was added to the Chiefs' Week 16 injury report after being limited at practice Thursday. His return to a full session Friday, however, paves the way for the rookie to suit up Sunday. Hardman has found the end zone six times in 14 games this season, but a lack of volume of late has limited him to a hit-or-miss TD-dependent fantasy option.

December 20, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Added to Week 16 injury report

Hardman (glute) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Hardman was added to the Chiefs' Week 16 injury report Thursday, so his status is worth monitoring in advance of Sunday night's game against the Bears. Though Hardman has logged six TDs in 14 games to date, he remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option, given his sporadic volume in Kansas City's passing attack. The 2019 second-rounder parlayed his 14 snaps in Week 15's win over the Broncos into one catch (on two targets) for 10 yards.

December 19, 2019 2:31 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Minimal Week 15 impact

Hardman was held to one catch for 10 yards on two targets Sunday versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Hardman's 14 offensive snaps mirrored the 14 he received last week against the Patriots, though he made the most of his touches in Week 14, recording a 48-yard touchdown reception on his lone grab. The rookie wideout has proven to be what the team expected when they drafted him, a deep threat, totaling four catches of 40 yards or longer and eight catches of 20 yards or longer on his 25 receptions this season. With six touchdowns on the board as well, Hardman may have the makeup of a future regular on offense.

December 17, 2019 2:21 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Grabs long TD in win

Hardman caught his only target for a 48-yard touchdown in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Patrick Mahomes appeared to injury his throwing hand early in the game and didn't take many shots downfield afterwards, but he did connect with Hardman on a long TD in the second quarter -- although the rookie did have to come back for the underthrown ball before turning on the jets to beat safety Duron Harmon and get to the end zone. Hardman has seen zero or one target in four of the last five games but still managed to score twice in his four total catches over that stretch, highlighting both his big-play ability and minimal role in the Kansas City offense.

December 8, 2019 6:21 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Minimal Week 13 showing

Hardman rushed once for nine yards and didn't haul in a pass Sunday versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Hardman saw a drastic dip in his playing time this week with Tyreek Hill available, ranking fourth at the position in total snaps behind Hill, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson. The rookie has some viable fantasy weeks under his belt, but it would likely require missed time from either Hill or Watkins down the stretch for him to warrant ownership in most redraft leagues.

December 3, 2019 8:54 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Slow day despite added snaps

Hardman collected two of his four targets for 13 yards Monday against the Chargers.

Analysis: Hardman saw a bump in his snap count following Tyreek Hill's (hamstring) injury, but it didn't raise his fantasy value much on the night. A significant workload increase could be on tap again next week, positioning him for fantasy relevance in some formats versus a subpar Raiders pass defense.

November 19, 2019 7:28 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Gets into end zone during win

Hardman secured two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 36 yards in the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Broncos on Thursday.

Analysis: Hardman was on the receiving end of Patrick Mahomes' only touchdown pass of the night before the latter's exit from the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury. The rookie also flashed his impressive speed on his one punt return and snapped a three-game touchdown-less streak with his 21-yard scoring grab in the first quarter. Hardman will look to build on Thursday's performance in a Week 8 matchup against the Packers, a week from Sunday.

October 17, 2019 8:59 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Catches all four targets

Hardman caught all four of his targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Hardman tied for second on the team in receptions and finished behind only Tyreek Hill in receiving yards among Chiefs wideouts. While Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was inactive for this one, it was encouraging to see Hardman maintain a role with the rest of the team's top pass-catchers in uniform. He should see a handful of targets Thursday against the Broncos, but he'll be rather big-play dependant to contribute for fantasy owners.

October 13, 2019 3:41 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Disappointing Week 4 showing

Hardman reeled in just two of his five targets for nine yards Sunday against the Lions.

Analysis: Hardman's snap count percentage equaled that of Week3 against the Raven,s, but he was unable to get much going from a pass-catching perspective. Given his lack of volume, Hardman's fantasy value will mainly be derived from a long touchdown grab as it was in each of the past two weeks. Tyreek Hill's (shoulder) eventual return also figures to eat away at his fantasy value.

September 30, 2019 7:54 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Picks up 104 yards in win

Hardman caught two of five targets for 97 yards and a score during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens. He added a seven-yard carry.

Analysis: Hardman really needed just one snap to make a difference Sunday, racing up the seam for an 83-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. It was Hardman's second-consecutive week with a touchdown of 40 or more yards. Hardman was drafted by Kansas City when Tyreek Hill's future was in question from a legal and league-disciple perspective. Now with Hill (shoulder) on the shelf for at least the next few weeks, Hardman should continue terrifying defenses with the big-play ability that caught Kansas City's eye in April.

September 22, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Hauls in first touchdown

Hardman caught four of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: His first NFL score came on a 42-yard strike from Patrick Mahomes, part of a four-TD second quarter for the Chiefs' passing game. As expected, Hardman saw an expanded role with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) out of action, but Sammy Watkins lead the team in targets and Demarcus Robinson had a massive performance with 172 yards and two scores. The team may not have a true No. 1 WR while Hill is sidelined -- although as Sunday's results showed, there's more than enough production to go around for all three receivers in the league's most potent offense.

September 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Could see expanded role

Hardman's teammate, Tyreek Hill, is in line to miss a few weeks, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Hardman did not record a catch in Week 1, but news that Hill will miss some time likely foreshadows Hardman -- who the Chiefs selected 56th overall this past April -- seeing added snaps/touches in the team's offense. Considering that he'll be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, Hardman now looks like a player who could carry some fantasy utility in the coming weeks.

September 8, 2019 2:34 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Two long catches in loss

Hardman caught three of four targets, accounting for 40 receiving yards during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Against the 49ers in Week 3 of preseason play, Hardman flashed the game-breaking ability that convinced Andy Reid and the Chiefs' brass to invest a second-round draft choice in him during April's draft. Hardman was called for an offensive pass inference play on a second-quarter drive with Chad Henne leading the charge, but made up for that misstep with receptions of 15, 18 and seven yards -- all from backup quarterback Kyle Shurmur within a span of six offensive plays on the Chiefs' second drive of the third quarter.

August 24, 2019 10:36 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Makes most of one catch

Hardman snared one of three targets for a 17-yard touchdown and also netted zero yards on two punt returns in the Chiefs' 17-7 preseason loss to the Steelers on Saturday.

Analysis: The rookie was responsible for the Chiefs' only touchdown of the night, making his scoring grab on a pass off the arm of Chad Henne in the second quarter. Hardman fared better than his primary competition for the third receiver job, Demarcus Robinson, who finished with one catch for six yards. The two will continue their preseason battle in next Saturday's exhibition tilt against the 49ers.

August 17, 2019 9:09 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Returns to practice with TD

Hardman (illness) rejoined practice Sunday and snared a broken-play touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes, Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reports.

Analysis: Hardman has gotten off to a strong start early in camp and has stated his case for the No. 3 wide receiver role in one of the league's most explosive offenses. The rookie will need to continue to impress to beat out his chief competition in Demarcus Robinson, but Hardman and Tyreek Hill could combine to provide a pair of burners on the outside for the strong-armed Patrick Mahomes. The presence of Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce may limit the looks headed Hardman's way even if he does secure the starting spot.

August 4, 2019 12:09 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Under the weather

Hardman didn't finish Friday's practice because of an illness, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: We don't expect Hardman to miss much, if any, time beyond Friday's session. The report also notes that the rookie pass-catcher was very impressive prior to his early exit from practice. Hardman's path to consistent work in the Chiefs' offense is somewhat complicated by the continued presence of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and tight end Travis Kelce, but if any one of that trio misses time for any reason, it's not hard to imagine the dynamic Hardman absorbing enough touches to make a fantasy splash.

August 2, 2019 9:20 AM EST

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