Mecole Hardman

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Mecole Hardman
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Hardman in 2019
No. 17 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-12) March 12, 1998 (age 22)
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 10, 2020
Receptions:51
Receiving yards:933
Rushing yards:33
Return yards:1,085
Total touchdowns:10
Player stats at NFL.com

Carey Mecole Hardman (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 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill 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: Rookie year[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]

On November 11, 2020, Hardman was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.[16]

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 4.25 9 0 0 0
Career 16 5 26 538 20.7 83T 6 4 17 4.25 9 0 0 0

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
Career 3 1 4 29 7.3 13 0 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Hardman has several tattoos on his arms and he inked four red kisses on his stomach.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirpalani, Sanjay. "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. ^ "Chiefs place WR Mecole Hardman on COVID-19 list". KSHB.com.
  17. ^ "Mecole Hardman's Tattoos". Tattooino - celebrity tattoos. January 12, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.

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