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Patriots draft Chandler High’s N’Keal Harry

Patriots draft Chandler High’s N’Keal Harry
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By Zach Alvira
STSN Sports Editor

Chandler High School alum N’Keal Harry’s dream of becoming a first-round draft pick came to fruition on Thursday night, as the wide receiver was picked with No. 32 overall to the New England Patriots.

“I’m extremely excited,” Harry said in his post-draft conference call with the media. “I’m just ecstatic to come in, work hard, constantly improve and just live up to the expectations.”

Harry was dominant in the college ranks at Arizona State University, catching 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also ran for 144 yards and 3 more scores.

He was projected to be a middle to late first-round pick, exactly where he landed. But in the days leading up to the draft, Harry had speculated that if he were available for the Cardinals at No. 33 – the first pick in the second round – he would come off the board.

“I just had a feeling,” Harry said. “Obviously, I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, but I did just kind of had a feeling.”

Unfortunately for many Chandler High, ASU and Cardinals fans, that didn’t pan out. But now the former Wolves star has the chance to catch passes from one of the sport’s all-time greats, Tom Brady.

Harry impressed scouts at the NFL Combine in February by running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash. He also did 27 reps on the bench press, had a 38.5-inch vertical jump and 122-inch broad jump.

He elected not to run routes in Indianapolis, instead saving that for his Pro Day at Arizona State University in March. More than 25 scouts from the NFL and several more from the CFL came out to watch Harry and other ASU athletes participate.

It was there that he made an impression on numerous NFL teams, including the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. Harry became the first receiver ever drafted by Belichick in the first round since he became the head coach in New England in 2000.

“It means the world to me,” Harry said. “For him to have that much faith in me and to have that much trust in me, it just makes me want to work that much harder. So, I’m going to come in with a workhouse mindset and get better every day.”

Hamilton alum signs with Eagles

Hamilton and Arizona State University alum Casey Tucker waited three days for his opportunity to prove himself at the NFL level.

Tucker, a 6-foot-5, 308-pound tackle, didn’t hear his name called during the three-day event, but he announced via Twitter Sunday afternoon that he had signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.

Tucker was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports out of Hamilton in 2014. He chose to sign with Stanford over 12 other schools, including ASU. As a freshman he appeared in five games for the Cardinals, and eventually became the starting right tackle his sophomore season.

He split time between left and right tackle during his junior season before redshirting his senior season.

Tucker graduated from Stanford in 2018 with a degree in Philosophy before transferring to ASU as a graduate student to fulfill his last year of eligibility.

“Thank you to the Philadelphia Eagles for giving me the opportunity to continue playing the game I love,” Tucker wrote on Twitter.

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