Pre-draft meeting season continues with the Kansas City Chiefs having a sitdown with another interesting receiver prospect.
According to the Draft Network’s Justin Melo, Kansas City is one of the 25-plus teams that met with Miami WR Mike Harley Jr. at the Hula Bowl. Harley Jr. told Melo that he had what he felt were productive and longer meetings with the Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.
Harley appeared in 50 games over the past five seasons at the University of Miami, breaking the franchise record for career receptions with 182 catches. That record stood for 20 years and was previously set by former Indianapolis Colts star Reggie Wayne. In the past three seasons, Harley Jr. really became a key cog in the Miami offense, with over 2,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in that span. He did so with less than ideal quarterback play too.
#Miami WR Mike Harley Jr. enters the 2022 #NFLDraft as the program’s all-time receprions leader, an astounding accomplishment. He was excellent at the @Hula_Bowl where he met w/ 25+ teams & had especially productive & long meetings with the #Saints, #Broncos, #Chiefs and #Vikings
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 16, 2022
Listed at 5-10 and 173 pounds, Harley is a bit undersized. However, what he lacks in size he makes up for in route-running, suddenness, ball-tracking ability and hands. A former track athlete, Harley has the speed to create separation at the next level. He excels on deep overs, whip routes and corner fades. Coaches at Miami rave about his leadership and how he has grown since his freshman season.
In the NFL, Harley Jr. has the makings of a slot receiver and multi-phase special teamer. He wasn’t invited to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, so he’ll have to make his next impression at Miami’s pro day. Currently, he’s expected to be a Day 3 pick or priority undrafted free agent.
As always, teams tend to meet with the majority of players, especially at all-star games. These meetings don’t typically denote any level of interest, but they are instead part of the fact-gathering process that helps the team build its draft board.