Since his arrival with the Chiefs, Mecole Hardman has learned his role could be just about anything in Reid’s expansive and complex playbook. Hardman, who showed elite speed in running his 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in an impressive 4.33 seconds, could be asked to replace star receiver Tyreek Hill.
Whether Hill returns to the team or not, Hardman could be the Chiefs’ primary slot receiver. Hardman could also be the team’s primary punt returner. He could also be the central character on any trick play Reid favors.
Rookie WRs tend to be hit or miss for fantasy purposes, but if Tyreek Hill misses significant time, Hardman could find himself an integral player in one of the most potent offenses in the NFL along with teammate Sammy Watkins. Seeing his HC push him this hard during OTAs shows faith in the former UGA product, which bodes well for his potential work in 2019.
Hardman's ADP is currently WR34 in redraft leagues and WR53 in best-balls, leaving boards in the eighth and 10th rounds respectively. John Paulson projects 143PPR points for the rookie this season as WR51.