N’Keal Harry: ‘My phone wasn’t even working’ when Patriots called during draft


The mountains in Scottsdale, Ariz. weren’t doing N’Keal Harry any favors during the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. 

Harry, a wide receiver out of Arizona State, was selected 32nd overall by the New England Patriots – but when the time came to speak with Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, his phone stopped working. 

“We couldn’t get them on the line,” Harry said. “One of my agents actually had to reach out.”

Cell service aside, it was a life-changing evening for Harry, who finally did get in touch with the powers that be up in New England. 

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“It was a Massachusetts number, so I knew it was the Patriots,” he said of the initial phone call. “At that point, I started to get a little bit excited.”

Harry became the first wide receiver drafted by New England in the first round since Terry Glenn, who was selected in 1996 and became notable for catching the first-ever touchdown pass thrown by Tom Brady. Brady took to Twitter on Friday to express excitement about playing with his new receiver. 

“I couldn’t have a better start to my career,” Harry said of playing with Brady. “I know he’s going to make me better. I know he’s going to hold me to a high standard, and I’m ready for that.”

It’s not just Brady who Harry will be able to learn from. The young receiver will be joining a corps full of veterans, including newly acquired Demaryius Thomas and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman. 

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