NC State fans were confused this week as to why former Wolfpack receiver Kelvin Harmon fell all the way to the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Harmon was selected by the Washington Redskins with the 206th pick.
It turns out that some NFL teams passed on Harmon due to a miscommunication about the college he attended.
One scout for the New York Giants, who was present in the team’s war room on the first night and wished to remain anonymous, told ESPN that they would’ve picked Harmon sooner but that they were told he had played for North Carolina, rather than NC State.
“We loved the guy,” the scout said, “but we were under the impression that he played for North Carolina, and they were, um, not great last season.”
The scout added that when the Giants looked Harmon up on the internet, they saw him listed as having played for North Carolina.
Another scout for the Baltimore Ravens explained that the team didn’t want to take a chance on a receiver who played for a bad team.
“Sure, he put up some impressive numbers,” the Ravens scout said. “No doubt about that. But when we looked up Harmon it said that he played for UNC, and they won two games last season.”
“If he was so good, how come he didn’t help them win more?”
Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Harmon could be one of the sleepers in this year’s draft.
“He’s a big, physical receiver,” Gruden said. “We’re thrilled that he fell to us. Other teams are going to be kicking themselves over that.”