Mecole Hardman

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Mecole Hardman
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Hardman with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
No. 17 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-12) March 12, 1998 (age 23)
Bowman, Georgia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Elbert County
(Elberton, Georgia)
College:Georgia
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2021
Receptions:109
Receiving yards:1,522
Rushing yards:84
Return yards:1,332
Total touchdowns:13
Player stats at NFL.com

Carey Mecole Hardman Jr. (born March 12, 1998) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Georgia.

Early years[edit]

Hardman attended Elbert County High School in Elbert County, Georgia.[1] A five-star recruit, he committed to the University of Georgia to play college football.[2]

College career[edit]

Hardman played at Georgia from 2016 to 2018.[3] During his career, he had 60 receptions for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a return specialist, he had 39 punt returns for 592 yards and a touchdown and 35 kick returns for 875 yards.[4] One significant touchdown came in his sophomore year against Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship. He caught an 80-yard pass from Jake Fromm in the third quarter of the 26–23 overtime loss.[5] After his junior season, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[6]

College Statistics[edit]

Year School Receiving Rushing
GP Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2016 Georgia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Georgia 15 25 418 16.7 4 8 61 7.6 2
2018 Georgia 14 35 543 15.5 7 5 36 7.2 0
Career 33 60 961 16.0 11 13 97 7.5 2

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+14 in
(1.78 m)
187 lb
(85 kg)
30+14 in
(0.77 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.33 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Hardman was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] He was the fifth wide receiver selected that year.[9]

2019 season[edit]

During Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, Hardman caught four passes for 61 yards and his first NFL touchdown in the 28–10 road victory.[10] In the next game against the Baltimore Ravens, he caught two passes for 97 yards including an 83-yard receiving touchdown. The Chiefs won 33-28.[11] During a Week 10 35-32 road loss against the Tennessee Titans, Hardman had a 63-yard touchdown on his only reception of the game.[12] On December 17, Hardman was named to the Pro Bowl.[13] In the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hardman caught a 30-yard reception and returned a kickoff for a 104 yard touchdown during the 31–21 win.[14] Hardman had a single reception for two yards while returning three kicks for a total of 58 yards and the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-20.[15]

2020 season[edit]

During a Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Hardman caught four passes for 81 yards including a 49-yard receiving touchdown. The Chiefs won 34-20.[16] In a Week 8 35-9 victory against the New York Jets, Hardman caught seven passes for 96 yards including a 30-yard receiving touchdown.[17] On November 11, 2020, Hardman was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for COVID-19, and was activated on November 21.[18] Hardman missed no games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but his snaps were limited in the Chiefs' Week 11 victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. His only reception in the game came on the team's game-winning drive with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.[19] In the Chiefs' Week 14 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Hardman returned a punt for 67 yards for a touchdown, the first punt return touchdown of his career.[20] Overall, Hardman recorded 41 receptions for 560 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns to go along with a punt return touchdown in the 2020 season.[21]

In the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, Hardman muffed a punt return that the Bills recovered at the 3-yard line which was later converted into a touchdown. However, on the next Chiefs drive, Hardman caught a touchdown pass and later rushed for a 50-yard jet sweep. The Chiefs would win 38–24 advancing to Super Bowl LV.[22] In the Super Bowl, Hardman caught 2 passes for 4 yards in a 31–9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[23]

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 KC 16 5 26 538 20.7 83T 6 4 17 4.3 9 0 2 2
2020 KC 16 8 41 560 13.7 49 4 4 31 7.8 20 0 2 2
2021 KC 6 4 26 261 10.0 49 1 4 33 8.3 24 0 1 1
Career 38 17 93 1,359 14.6 83T 11 12 81 6.8 24 0 5 5

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 KC 3 1 4 29 7.3 13 0 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0 0 0
2020 KC 2 2 6 62 10.3 42 1 2 54 27.0 50 0 1 1
Career 5 3 10 91 9.3 42 1 3 48.0 16.0 50 0 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirpalani, Sanjay (February 3, 2016). "Mecole Hardman Jr. Commits to Georgia: No. 1 ATH Can Make Instant Impact". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Wasserman, Ari (February 3, 2016). "Mecole Hardman announces commitment to Georgia". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Weiszer, Marc (March 27, 2017). "Georgia taking a look at utilizing Mecole Hardman's speed at wide receiver". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (February 15, 2019). "NFL combine invitee: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia (Elbert County)". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "College Football Championship - Alabama vs Georgia Box Score, January 8, 2018". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Georgia loses top receivers, RB Holyfield to draft". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 4, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Carey Hardman Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (April 26, 2019). "Chiefs select speedy WR Hardman amid Hill questions". NFL.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "Mahomes' 4 TDs in 2nd quarter lead Chiefs past Raiders 28-10". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mahomes throws 3 TD passes as Chiefs hold off Ravens, 33-28". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans - November 10th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "Three Chiefs players join Mahomes, Hill, Kelce on Pro Bowl roster". Kansas City Business Journal. December 18, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chiefs top Bolts 31-21 to earn No. 2 seed, first-round bye". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Shook, Nick (February 2, 2020). "Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV". NFL.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens - September 28th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs - November 1st, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Summers, Mitchel (November 21, 2020). "Mecole Hardman cleared from Reserve/COVID-19 list". WBIW.com. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  19. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders - November 22nd, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins - December 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  21. ^ "Mecole Hardman 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  22. ^ Alper, Josh (January 25, 2021). "Mecole Hardman glad coaches didn't lose confidence in him". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  23. ^ "Super Bowl LV - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs - February 7th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.

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