With the loss of Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders this offseason, it seems reasonable to believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers might be in the market for another option at wide receiver via the draft this year. And if the Steelers are looking for suggestions, Georgia wideout Mecole Hardman has someone he could recommend.
When speaking with TMZ Sports, Hardman made it clear who his favorite NFL team was growing up, offering himself as the potential solution to Pittsburgh’s needs at receiver.
“My daddy was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so he had put me on them when Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu and all them were there. Big Ben was just getting there, so like, I’ve been rocking with the Steelers for a minute. I like to watch them play. So my daddy put me on and everyday I’ve been like a Steelers fan.”
When asked about the Steelers needs at his position since AB forced his way off the team, Hardman left no doubt that he could be the man to replace him.
“For sure they can, I could be that guy.”
One of the fastest receivers available in the draft, Hardman recorded a 4.33 40-time at the combine. Measuring in at 5-foot-10 and 183-pounds, scouts commend his athleticism and explosiveness, painting a picture of a player who has not come close to realizing his full potential having played in a limited system in college.
Hardman finished his career at Georgia with 60 receptions for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his final year with the team, he recorded 35 receptions for 543 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a junior.
A scouting report from Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network.
“Mecole Hardman is a dynamic receiving threat who brings great speed to the pro game, his short area quickness and burst are a deadly combination that make him a prominent threat in the right role. Hardman is going to need to live in the slot, where he can have the needed free releases and full 360 degrees of breaks at his disposal. Hardman is a natural ball carrier who can supplement his receiving game with special teams as a primary return player. Will be better pro vs. CFB player.”