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Kansas City Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid said his team had planned on taking Hardman in the draft after seeing Hardman's versatility on film. After the May 23 Chiefs' workouts, Reid liked what he saw on the field, calling some of the pass routes Hardman ran 'brutal.' (Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will tell you, rookie wide receiver/return specialist Mecole Hardman is a budding wunderkind that has been on the Chiefs' radar for a spell.
Rewind to the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, pretty much confirming for the Chiefs' who would be their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.
A native of Bowman, Hardman was a five-star high school prospect out of Elbert County before starring at the University of Georgia for two seasons as a wideout and kick returner.
He played sparingly as a freshman, and was second-team All-SEC selection for the Bulldogs in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
The Chiefs traded up from 61st to the 56th pick in the second round of the draft so they could land Hardman. Reid confirmed that Hardman had been in Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach's draft plans after watching film on his versatility.
"We like his speed," Reid said of Hardman when they drafted the 5-foot-11, 183-pounder.
For more on Hardman's workouts in the Kansas City Chiefs' organized team activities (OTA's) last week, see the Wednesday, May 29 edition of The Elberton Star.