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There’s a reason why Mecole Hardman’s nickname is ‘The Jet’; blink once and you’ll miss him, blink twice and he’ll be celebrating in the end zone.


Having grown up in Bowman, Georgia, Mecole attended Elbert County High School, where his versatility became his claim to fame. In his four years, Mecole played both quarterback and defensive back with the common denominator between both of his positions being the speed he possessed. While making the 2015 USA Today All-USA Second Team Defense, Mecole also totaled over 2,730 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns during his time at Elbert. His combined efforts led to him being labeled as the 48th overall prospect in the nation by ESPN and the 13th overall prospect by 247Sports. Having offers from various top schools in the nation, Mecole ultimately chose to stay in-state and play for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs. 

There’s a reason why Mecole Hardman’s nickname is ‘The Jet’; blink once and you’ll miss him, blink twice and he’ll be celebrating in the end zone.


Having grown up in Bowman, Georgia, Mecole attended Elbert County High School, where his versatility became his claim to fame. In his four years, Mecole played both quarterback and defensive back with the common denominator between both of his positions being the speed he possessed. While making the 2015 USA Today All-USA Second Team Defense, Mecole also totaled over 2,730 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns during his time at Elbert. His combined efforts led to him being labeled as the 48th overall prospect in the nation by ESPN and the 13th overall prospect by 247Sports. Having offers from various top schools in the nation, Mecole ultimately chose to stay in-state and play for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs. 

By his sophomore year, Mecole took off with full speed, racking up all-purpose yards at every turn. He finished 2017 with 1,255 AP yards and six total touchdowns, enroute to helping Georgia win the SEC Title and reach their first ever BCS or CFP National Championship Game. In the National Championship game, Mecole gave it his all, as he was responsible for two of Georgia’s touchdowns; an 80-yard catch and run and a one-yard run in.


The following season, Mecole consistently displayed his versatility, seeing increased time as a receiver while continuing to excel as a returner. He recorded his first career punt return touchdown in a September matchup against Middle Tennessee State and his first career 100-yard receiving game against South Carolina. All in all, Mecole had five total 100-yard AP games in 2018 which earned him a place on the 2018 AP & Coaches All-SEC Second Team as well as the ESPN.com All-America First Team. At the conclusion of his junior year, Mecole entered the NFL draft where he ended up being drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs as the fifth overall wide receiver selected. 

By his sophomore year, Mecole took off with full speed, racking up all-purpose yards at every turn. He finished 2017 with 1,255 AP yards and six total touchdowns, enroute to helping Georgia win the SEC Title and reach their first ever BCS or CFP National Championship Game. In the National Championship game, Mecole gave it his all, as he was responsible for two of Georgia’s touchdowns; an 80-yard catch and run and a one-yard run in.


The following season, Mecole consistently displayed his versatility, seeing increased time as a receiver while continuing to excel as a returner. He recorded his first career punt return touchdown in a September matchup against Middle Tennessee State and his first career 100-yard receiving game against South Carolina. All in all, Mecole had five total 100-yard AP games in 2018 which earned him a place on the 2018 AP & Coaches All-SEC Second Team as well as the ESPN.com All-America First Team. At the conclusion of his junior year, Mecole entered the NFL draft where he ended up being drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs as the fifth overall wide receiver selected. 

In just his second game as a pro, Mecole hauled in six passes for 61 yards including his first NFL touchdown as the Chiefs went on to beat the Oakland Raiders. The very next week, Mecole displayed his highly touted speed as he would end up burning the Baltimore Ravens defense for an 83-yard touchdown catch. Then, in the Chiefs’ regular season finale, Mecole took back a kick return for 104 yards and the score, helping them defeat the Los Angeles Chargers and secure a first round bye. Mecole ended up finishing the 2019 regular season with over 1,400 AP yards and seven total touchdowns leading to a Pro Bowl selection and a spot on the Second Team All-Pro, the only rookie to have both honors. Mecole and the Chiefs capped off their glorious season by capturing the Lombardi Trophy in a win over the San Francisco 49ers, the second in franchise history and first in over 50 years. 

In 2020, Mecole once again provided an electric spark across the field, adding over 950 AP yards and five total touchdowns. Amongst his five touchdowns was his first career punt return touchdown, a 67-yard return in a win over the Miami Dolphins. Mecole and the Chiefs once again embarked on a championship run, reaching their second consecutive Super Bowl game. Along the way during the postseason, Mecole came up big in the AFC championship game against the Buffalo Bills, first with a one-yard touchdown catch, then a 50-yard rush, both of which would ignite the Chiefs offense.


Going into his third season in the NFL, Mecole plans on continuing to be a big part of the Chiefs offense while still leaving opposing defensive backs in his dust trail.

In 2020, Mecole once again provided an electric spark across the field, adding over 950 AP yards and five total touchdowns. Amongst his five touchdowns was his first career punt return touchdown, a 67-yard return in a win over the Miami Dolphins. Mecole and the Chiefs once again embarked on a championship run, reaching their second consecutive Super Bowl game. Along the way during the postseason, Mecole came up big in the AFC championship game against the Buffalo Bills, first with a one-yard touchdown catch, then a 50-yard rush, both of which would ignite the Chiefs offense.


Going into his third season in the NFL, Mecole plans on continuing to be a big part of the Chiefs offense while still leaving opposing defensive backs in his dust trail.