Liberian Roots Shaped Redskins Pick Kelvin Harmon



Newly drafted Washington Redskins wide receiver Kelvin Harmon does not remember much about his time in Liberia — he came to the United States when he was four years old — but he points to his Liberian ancestry for teaching him to work hard and be spiritual, two things he prides himself on. He also credits his father for helping instill the values of commitment and sacrifice in him as the family struggled culturally and financially upon moving to the U.S.

These experiences and lessons have shaped Harmon, the Redskins’ sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, and will continue to guide him as he begins his professional football career. “They’re definitely excited, just seeing the sacrifices pay off for me,” Harmon said of his parents during his press conference at the NFL Combine in March. “[My dad] is definitely my everything. He sacrificed a lot for me, having me at a young age, and he turned his life over for me and my brother, taught us the values of hard work and being respectful.”

Harmon’s impressive collegiate career at N.C. State helped propel him to be labeled as one of the better wide receivers in the 2019 Draft. When the Redskins made the call to tell Harmon he was going to be selected with the 206th pick in the Draft, it was a big relief for him.

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“Oh man I was excited to get the call,” Harmon said. “You know I’ve been waiting but everything is in god’s hands so this is the team I’m supposed to be on so I’m ready to go to work.”

One of Harmon’s biggest criticisms has been his lack of breakaway and explosive speed. At the NFL Combine, Harmon ran a 4.60 40-yard dash, which was 32nd out of all wide receivers at the combine. While his speed might not have been on display at the Combine, Harmon believes he is faster than a lot of people give him credit for.

“I definitely think I have great game speed,” Harmon said. “I play fast, I don’t waste a lot of movement, and I understand leverage on the DBs and how to attack them, so I definitely think my speed is an asset.” Story: Dreyfuss

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