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Mecole Hardman

Mecole Hardman

Wide Receiver #4
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 10
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 187 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:23
Born:March 12, 1998
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (56)
Draft Team:KC

Mecole Hardman: Costly mistakes in Super Bowl loss

Hardman secured two of six targets for four yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

Analysis: Hardman was relatively productive in Kansas City's last two playoff games, with 58 receiving yards against the Browns and a score versus the Bills, but during Super Bowl LV he made a handful of impactful mistakes on both offense and special teams. The second-year wideout looked to be on a different page than Patrick Mahomes all night, and he failed to turn his head in time on two of the occasions that he was targeted in the first half. He also appeared to have been offsides while attempting to block a field goal. Hardman was considered a raw prospect when the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and with Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson both scheduled for free agency the 22-year-old could be staring down increased opportunity for 2021, but at this point it's clear that Hardman still has a ways to go in his development. Through 16 regular season games in 2020, Hardman caught 41 of 62 targets for 560 yards and four scores.

February 7, 2021 8:29 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Finds paydirt in AFC title game

Hardman hauled in two of three targets for four yards and a touchdown and carried once for 50 yards Sunday in the Chiefs' 38-24 win over the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Hardman put the Chiefs in a early hole after mishandling a punt in the first quarter, with the Bills recovering the fumble and proceeding to score a touchdown to take a 10-0 lead. The second-year wideout didn't take long to make amends, however, as he responded with a short touchdown reception of his own on the Chiefs' ensuing possession. He then provided one of the game's biggest plays on the Chiefs' next drive, showcasing his high-end speed on an end-around carry to set up another touchdown. Hardman surprisingly finished the day with a modest 35 percent offensive snap share -- well behind Byron Pringle (80 percent) and Demarcus Robinson (65 percent) -- but he was clearly the most productive of the Chiefs' depth wideouts. Hardman, Pringle and Robinson could all see some sort of role reduction in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl matchup with the Buccaneers, as Sammy Watkins (calf) is expected to be back for that contest after sitting out Week 17 as well as both of the Chiefs' first two playoff contests.

January 27, 2021 8:23 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Caps off disappointing season with minimal showing

Hardman reeled in both of his targets for 25 yards Sunday against the Chargers.

Analysis: Hardman finished out his regular season with 41 catches for 560 yards and four touchdowns on 62 targets. While that does represent gains in all but touchdowns, it wasn't quite the jump in production many were expecting heading into Hardman's sophomore season. It's possible that jump will come following another offseason, especially if Sammy Watkins and/or DeMarcus Robinson leave Kansas City via free agency this offseason, opening up a more consistent role in the offense. Even if he finds more snaps on offense, Hardman will need to contend with star targets Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill for looks, which could factor into his production in future campaigns.

January 6, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Another mediocre showing

Hardman logged three catches for 24 yards on six targets and rushed once for 20 yards in Sunday's game versus the Falcons.

Analysis: On a positive note, Hardman sported his largest offensive snap count percentage (61) since his 68 percent mark back in Week 9 when Sammy Watkins was sidelined. That was likely the result of the Chiefs being in a tight one with the Falcons, though the second-year wideout could see a bit more action next week if the staff elects to hold out or limit the work of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to ensure their health for the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the AFC already locked up.

December 29, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Scores fourth TD in win

Hardman caught three of nine targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints, He also lost five yards on his only carry.

Analysis: While the second-year wideout didn't come down with many balls while tying his season high in target volume, Hardman cashed in when it mattered, getting his feet down in the back corner of the end zone on a five-yard toss from Patrick Mahomes midway through the third quarter. It's his first receiving TD since Week 8 and his fourth of the year, giving Hardman some momentum heading into Week 16's clash with a Falcons secondary that just got lit up by the Bucs.

December 20, 2020 7:35 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Scores as returner

Hardman reached the end zone on a punt return while also reeling in each of his three targets for another 40 yards Sunday versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: Hardman also coughed up a fumble while running into the Miami red zone, though the subsequent Dolphins drive resulted in a safety. The second-year wideout once again posted a snap count percentage in the low 30s, which seems unlikely to change as long as the full complement of receivers is available. He could regain some fantasy value next season if the Chiefs elect to part ways with Sammy Watkins and/or Demarcus Robinson.

December 15, 2020 8:41 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Another silent effort

Hardman hauled in one of his three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's contest versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Hardman logged 33 percent or fewer offensive snaps for a third straight week, with the first occurrence coming even while Sammy Watkins was still unavailable. At this point, he's droppable in most redraft formats and is simply a dynasty project with hopes of an expanded role next year, when both Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are set to see their contracts with the club expire.

December 8, 2020 9:03 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Falls flat against Bucs

Hardman compiled just three catches for 23 yards on just five targets Sunday versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: While Hardman is likely still owned in many redraft leagues given the upside promised of him entering the season, but his results haven't backed up the hype outside of an outburst a few times. He's likely most viable as a stash in dynasty leagues with hopes of future promise given that Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are in the final years of their respective deals.

December 1, 2020 9:59 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Minimal production in return from COVID list

Hardman hauled in his lone target for 16 yards in Sunday's game versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Hardman notably saw a season-low 27 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Sunday's contest, though that may be the result of him being freshly off the COVID-19 list and not quite up to speed. Even if that's the case, the expected return of Sammy Watkins in Week 12 will limit his upside from a fantasy standpoint moving forward. At this point, he's likely spottily owned in many redraft formats while his primary value lies as a stash in dynasty leagues.

November 24, 2020 8:48 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Lifted from COVID-19 list

The Chiefs activated Hardman from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Hardman was placed on the list Nov. 11 and didn't practice with the team over the past two weeks as a result, but he's expected to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Sammy Watkins (hamstring/calf) has been ruled out again, so Hardman and Demarcus Robinson could have an increased workload yet again.

November 21, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Remains absent from practice

Hardman (undisclosed) is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list and did not practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs placed Hardman on the COVID-19 list back on Nov. 11, and coming off the team's bye it appears that the second-year wideout still hasn't managed to attain full clearance. The speedster's status for Sunday's game in Las Vegas thus appears murky. Sammy Watkins (hamstring) resumed practicing without limitations Wednesday, so Hardman would stand to see a reduced snap share even if he does manage to return Week 11.

November 18, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Lands on COVID-19 list

The Chiefs have placed Hardman on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hardman's placement on the list indicates that he has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected person or persons.The Chiefs are on bye this week and don't play again until Nov. 22 against the Raiders.

November 11, 2020 2:03 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Small contribution versus Panthers

Hardman recorded three receptions for 48 yards on four targets during Sunday's game versus the Panthers.

Analysis: Coming off of arguably his best outing of the season last week versus the Jets, Hardman disappeared again for mos of Sunday's contest. He should continue to see work moving forward but could see his snap counts deteriorate a bit with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) nearing his return to action.

November 10, 2020 8:32 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Posts his best game of 2020

Hardman caught seven of nine targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Hardman was overshadowed by Travis Kelce (109 yards and a touchdown) and Tyreek Hill (98 yards and two touchdowns), but quarterback Patrick Mahomes managed to keep all his receivers happy with five touchdown passes against the overmatched Jets secondary. The 2019 second-round pick got the scoring started by taking a touch-pass 30 yards to the house en route to season highs in catches and yards. Hardman's level of involvement has varied drastically from week-to-week, making him a high-risk, high-reward Week 9 fantasy option in what should be a more competitive game against Carolina.

November 1, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Makes most of limited touches

Hardman reeled in his two targets for 57 yards and rand once for another 13 Sunday versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Hardman's fantasy stock seemed to be on the rise following the hamstring injury for Sammy Watkins, but even that hasn't been enough to get the second-year wideout on the field consistently ahead of DeMarcus Robinson. Given Hardman's explosiveness, it's likely a concern with his abilities as a blocker and route runner at this stage in his career that's keeping him from consistently seeing the field. It seems unlikely that is going to change in 2020 but could be the case in 2021 when a number of the Chiefs' wideouts see their contracts expire.

October 27, 2020 8:55 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Blanked on offense

Hardman failed to haul in his only target during Monday's game versus the Bills.

Analysis: Even with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined Monday, Hardman played just 40 percent of the offensive snaps and was unable to get anything done on the plays he was in the game. Demarcus Robinson led the wideouts with 95 percent of the snaps played and looks to have clearly overtaken Hardman, which isn't a great sign for a player in Hardman who many experts pegged as a breakout candidate in 2020. He'll aim to get involved again in Week 7 versus a Broncos defense that held the Patriots to just 12 points Sunday.

October 20, 2020 9:07 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Larger role on tap

Hardman is expected to handle more snaps while Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is unavailable, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hardman figures to be one of the primary beneficiaries of Watkins being sidelined for what is expected to be at least a couple of weeks due to the issue. He compiled 95 all-purpose yards -- 50 receiving and 45 on kickoff returns -- during Sunday's tilt but as targeted a measly three times despite playing a season-high 69 percent of the offensive snaps (50 total). Look for that number to receiving another bump up while Watkins is out and Hardman could have an opportunity to carve out a larger role in the future if he can take advantage of the extended run.

October 13, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Mecole Hardman: Records 95 all-purpose yards

Hardman brought in two of three targets for 50 yards and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in the Chiefs' 40-32 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Hardman recorded a 37-yard reception for the majority of his production from scrimmage, and he failed to score a touchdown for the first time in three games. However, fellow wideout Sammy Watkins left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, and if his absence extends into a Week 6 matchup against the Bills, Hardman could line up for additional opportunities in the passing game in that contest.

October 11, 2020 3:50 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Scores in second straight

Hardman caught all four of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 26-10 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Hardman's key contribution came on a six-yard shovel pass that he took for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. That play not only extended Kansas City's lead at a critical juncture, but it also gave Hardman a touchdown in consecutive outings. Given all the mouths to feed in the Chiefs' high-flying offense, it's tough to project Hardman's weekly production, but the jet-heeled wideout can certainly make impact plays when called upon, as seen on Monday's short score.

October 5, 2020 7:59 PM EST

Mecole Hardman: Long touchdown versus Ravens

Hardman caught four of six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-20 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Hardman's performance was highlighted by his 49-yard score prior to halftime. On that play, his sensational speed was on full display, giving quarterback Patrick Mahomes a free target downfield following a well-executed double-move. Through three games, Hardman has now elevated his numbers each week, and although he's still lacking consistency outside of devastating deep shots like Monday's score, the second-year pro is nonetheless trending in the right direction ahead of Week 4's game versus the Patriots.

September 28, 2020 9:52 PM EST

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