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Seven Things We've Learned About Kelvin Harmon


As players take their final breaks before training camp, we will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them - football and otherwise - so far.

Next up is sixth-round wide receiver Kelvin Harmon:

1. Harmon immigrated to the United States from Liberia when he was 4 years old.

Harmon was born in Liberia, and when he was four years old, his parents escaped the civil war that engulfed the country in the late-1990s and early-2000s.

"I remember coming to the U.S.," Harmon said on "The PodFather" in May, "and everything was just totally different."

Harmon grew up in Palmyra, New Jersey, before playing at N.C. State.

2. He didn't start playing football until he was 13.

Harmon didn't begin playing sports until he was 13 years old, when his friends convinced him to play football.

The decision worked out. At Palmyra High School, Harmon had 165 receptions for 2,764 yards and 36 touchdowns over four years. He committed to South Carolina before flipping to N.C. State.

"In high school we never really used a playbook," Harmon said on Redskins Park Drive. "[College] was the first time I ever really looked at a playbook and got the concepts down pat."

3. He's one of N.C. State's best receivers all-time.

As a freshman at N.C. State, Harmon caught 27 passes for 462 yards and five touchdowns. His 17.1 yards per attempt led the team and was the highest of his collegiate career.

The following season, Harmon was the first receiver since Jerricho Cotchery in 2003 to record more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. His 1,017 yards on 69 receptions led the team and resulted in four touchdowns.

Harmon continued to improve his junior season, catching 81 passes for 1,186 yards, including seven touchdowns. He joined other Wolfpack wide receivers, such as Torry Holt, Koren Robinson and Cotchery, to make the NFL.

4. He caught 500 balls per day while training for the NFL.

In preparation for the NFL Draft, Harmon's favorite activity was working with the JUGS machine. He said before the draft his hands were the best of his class. He caught an average of 500 balls per day, sometimes up to 600 in a 24-hour period.

"He was in the building every single day, working with strength coaches, doing extra flexibility stuff, extra mobility. He always did his recovery. He was always in the cold tub," N.C. State Director of Strength and Conditioning Dantonio Burnette told "Then, he was back at the building catching balls."

5. His favorite player growing up was Sean Taylor.

Harmon's favorite player while playing high school and college football was former Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Taylor spent his four-year NFL career with the Redskins after getting drafted fifth overall in 2004. He passed away in 2007.

"Honestly, before my sophomore year in college and junior year ... I always watched his tribute on YouTube before every game," Harmon said in his Meet the Rookies interview. "It just gives me chills, just seeing what he went through and how everything ended."

Harmon also admired Taylor's mannerisms.

"He's definitely an inspirational person, and he didn't even have a lot to say. He just went out there and played, and I think I have that same personality on the field," Harmon said. "He was just about his business, and I really like that about him. He was a great player."

6. He loves art.

Harmon's favorite pastime is his most creative outlet: art. He does everything from simple sketches to paintings. He's prompted with music, which he then tries to connect to a canvas.

"I started early on," Harmon said. "My uncle was an artist, and he used to paint a lot, and it just really inspired me. I just really like to sketch and then paint landscapes, or when I sketch, I sketch animals."

7. He's the second NFL player ever from Palmyra, New Jersey.

The only other player to make the NFL from Harmon's county is David Yohn in 1962. Yohn played one year for both the Baltimore Colts and New York Jets before leaving football after 1963. The former linebacker was since inducted into the Gettysburg College Athletic Ring of Honor.

Palmyra's population is about 7,000 and is located on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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