Former Chandler athletes showcase talent at ASU Pro Day SanTan Sun News

Former Chandler athletes showcase talent at ASU Pro Day

April 25th, 2019 | by SanTan Sun News
Former Chandler athletes showcase talent at ASU Pro Day
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BY Zach Alvira
Sports Editor

It’s the moment former Chandler High School standout N’Keal Harry says he has been waiting for his whole life.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver was dominant at the college ranks for Arizona State University (ASU) the past three seasons, hauling in 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also ran for 144 yards and 3 more scores.

Now, Harry will hear his name called during the 2019 NFL Draft April 25-27. Exactly when Harry learns where he will begin his professional career, however, remains to be seen.

“No matter what happens, I thank God for putting me in this position,” Harry said. “I’ve been waiting to see my face on Madden. No more create a player.”

Harry didn’t specify which team the virtual version of himself played for. He said he would “switch it up” all the time.

Harry is projected to be picked anywhere from the middle of the first round to early in the second. At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, Harry impressed scouts with a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, 27 reps on bench press and a 38.5-inch vertical jump. He also had a 122-inch broad jump.

He relied on his impressive showing at the Combine when ASU’s Pro Day rolled around on March 27. Harry elected not to re-test his bench, vertical or broad jumps. Instead, he cheered on several of his former teammates at ASU during the events, including Hamilton High School alum Casey Tucker and Higley High School alum Quinn Bailey.

Also present at ASU’s Pro Day was Mountain Pointe High School alum and Northern Arizona University wideout Emmanuel Butler, who elected to hold his Pro Day workout in Tempe.

“I’ve seen a lot of tremendous players come out of Arizona and some of the people that were there today are a testament to that,” Harry said. “It really is a blessing seeing everybody out here because I have seen a lot of these guys from high school to the point we are at now.”

Inside Arizona State’s Verde Dickey Dome, the football program’s indoor practice facility, Tucker showcased his skills in offensive line drills. At least 27 NFL scouts and several more from the Canadian Football League and Alliance of American Football League were in attendance.

“There was definitely a little bit of nerves but it helps you practice zeroing in on yourself,” said Tucker, a 6-foot-5, 308-pound tackle. “You just have to stick to your training and stay focused on yourself, but I think it went well.”

Tucker began his college career at Stanford in 2013. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, he came to ASU where he started as a graduate transfer in both tackle positions and right guard.

He participated in drills with Bailey, who is also a prospect at tackle with a 6-foot-6, 323-pound frame. Both were pleased with their workout but admitted that there is always room for improvement.

Harry and Butler caught passes from ASU senior quarterback Manny Wilkins. The duo was impressive as they showcased their speed, hands and precise route running.

One of Harry’s main focus was getting in and out of his breaks during routes, something he believes scouts wanted to see from him.

“I give myself a B-plus,” Harry said. “There’s always room for improvement, but it was a fairly good day.”

Harry is looking forward to the moment when he hears his name called during the NFL Draft. But no matter where his career takes him, he is happy to be able to represent his family and Chandler High School on the biggest stage.

“I’ve said it a million times, I’m just glad to be here,” Harry said. “I feel like this is what I am meant for. God has put me in this position for a reason.”

“With this platform I have been given I have to make it a positive outcome.”

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