Whenever a player becomes available, Miami Dolphins fans love to jump on the idea of adding that player to the team. However, current New England Patriots wide receiver and former first-round pick N’Keal Harry has demanded a trade (via his agent), and Harry is not a player Dolphins fans should want.
Let’s start with the Dolphins’ receiver room. Miami is loaded with talent, featured by Will Fuller V, DeVante Parker, and Jaylen Waddle.
They also have Lynn Bowden Jr., Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, and Mack Hollins for depth.
I am sure that the Dolphins will get rid of one or even two of the depth pieces I listed, but that still doesn’t mean adding Harry makes sense.
You could make a case for Bowden, Wilson, Williams, and Hollins to all add more value to Miami’s roster than Harry.
And that’s because N’Keal Harry isn’t very good.
Harry’s agent wrote up a nice little notes app statement about Harry, highlighting the idea that he has not been successful because he has not had the opportunity to showcase his skills.
While his agent has to say that, the facts are that it isn’t entirely true. You could argue that Harry hasn’t had more opportunities because he’s shown he doesn’t deserve them.
According to Pro Football Focus, Harry has been open on just 25.5% of his targets against single coverage. That is good enough for the 99th worst receiver out of 100 total qualifying receivers.
A former first-round pick can’t even get open against single coverage? Yeah, no thanks! You do not need to be a sports agent to understand just how bad that is.
Miami has shown this offseason that they are looking for the complete opposite type of receiver than Harry. Miami wants players like Fuller and Waddle, who can separate against single coverage and demand double coverage.
Giving up a 7th round pick still wouldn’t be worth adding Harry because you would need to pay him a little over $1.8 million.
That is way too much for a guy with four career touchdowns. He also has only played in 21 of 32 games in his career.
If the Patriots released Harry, then we could talk about the possibility of adding him. But if the Patriots want to trade him, it should be a hard pass for the Dolphins.