For those that don’t remember Nate Harvey was signed as an UDFA after the 2019 draft. Like most people here I had never heard of him before. After learning more about him I quickly found him to be one of the more intriguing UDFA’s that the Giants had signed.
Nate Harvey began at Georgia Military junior College before transferring to East Carolina University in 2017 for his junior year. He didn’t contribute much on offense but he stood out on special teams.
Entering his senior season Harvey switched over to the defensive side of the ball where he played DE. Despite being new to defense Harvey dominated and went on to post 63 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and 25.5 tackles for a loss. Harvey set ECU and AAC records for tackles for loss in a season and he tied the AAC single-season sack record. He was named the AAC defensive player of the year.
He applied for an extra year of eligibility but the NCAA denied his fifth year option. That decision left Harvey with just a week to prepare for the ECU pro day in which the Giants were in attendance. Due to the lack of time to prepare Harvey ran a disappointing 4.9 forty. That combined with his 6’1 225lb frame is why Harvey went undrafted.
Unfortunately we never got a chance to see Harvey on the field as he suffered a season ending injury during his first practice. The Giants could have released him with an injury settlement but they decided to keep him on IR.
Harvey has an uphill battle to make the 55 man roster but I certainly wouldn’t count him out.