So N'Keal Harry has formally requested a trade from the New England Patriots. This is interesting, in that Harry and his agent are apparently oblivious to the fact that the Patriots have, by various reports, been trying to trade him for the past year or more. We can find a couple of highlight plays he made as a rookie, but by any measure he's been a bust.

About the kindest thing that can be said for Harry is that while he's been a high-profile bust, he hasn't exactly been an anomaly lately. In general, it's been a disappointing past few years for first-round wideouts.

The last really good year for the position seems to be 2014. That year produced Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin. Watkins has been a disappointment, Benjamin is trying to stick in the league as a bottom-of-the-roster tight end, and Beckham has battled injuries lately. And yet, those five players have combined for 17 top-20 seasons (PPR) over the last seven years. That's a far cry from what first-rounders selected since then have done.

From 2015 through 2020, there were 23 wide receivers drafted in the first round. Those players have combined for a total of 9 top-20 seasons, out of 79 total years that made it into our files. Nearly half (4) were by Amari Cooper. Other clear hits from those seasons include Calvin Ridley and Justin Jefferson, with DeVante Parker and DJ Moore also turning in a fine season or two. But the vast majority have flopped hard: Harry, John Ross, Corey Coleman, Phillip Dorsett, Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Kevin White.

For some of the below players, most notably 2020's first-rounders, it's early. For many, it already looks too late. Table is ordered by performance (PPR) in each of the last six seasons.

2020Calvin Ridley, Atl.14390137415.395
2020Justin Jefferson, Min.12588140015.976
2019Amari Cooper, Dall.11979118915.1810
2019DeVante Parker, Mia.12872120216.7911
2016Amari Cooper, Oak.13283115313.9515
2020Amari Cooper, Dall.13092111412.1515
2019DJ Moore, Car.13587117513.5416
2018Amari Cooper, 2TM10775100513.4719
2018Calvin Ridley, Atl.926482112.81020
2015Amari Cooper, Oak.13072107014.9621
2020CeeDee Lamb, Dall.1117493512.6522
2017Nelson Agholor, Phil.956276812.4823
2020DJ Moore, Car.11866119318.1425
2019Calvin Ridley, Atl.936386613.8727
2018Corey Davis, Ten.1126589113.7429
2020Corey Davis, Ten.926598415.1529
2020Will Fuller, Hou.755387916.6832
2018Mike Williams (Clemson), LAC664366415.41033
2018Nelson Agholor, Phil.976473611.5434
2020Nelson Agholor, L.V.824889618.7834
2020Brandon Aiyuk, S.F.966074812.5535
2020Marquise Brown, Balt.1005876913.3836
2018DJ Moore, Car.825578814.3236
2017Amari Cooper, Oak.964868014.2736
2020DeVante Parker, Mia.1036379312.6440
2019Mike Williams, LAC9049100120.4241
2020Jerry Jeudy, Den.1135285616.5345
2019Marquise Brown, Balt.714658412.7746
2020Mike Williams, LAC854875615.8548
2016DeVante Parker, Mia.875674413.3450
2019Breshad Perriman, T.B.693664517.9651
2017DeVante Parker, Mia.965767011.8152
2019Will Fuller, Hou.714967013.7354
2017Josh Doctson, Was.783550214.3657
2016Will Fuller, Hou.924763513.5261
2017Will Fuller, Hou.502842315.1761
2019Corey Davis, Ten.694360114.0264
2018Josh Doctson, Was.784453212.1267
2018Will Fuller, Hou.453250315.7469
2019Phillip Dorsett, N.E.542939713.7571
2019John Ross, Cin.562850618.1374
2019Nelson Agholor, Phil.69393639.3375
2016Breshad Perriman, Balt.663349915.1377
2020Breshad Perriman, NYJ603050516.8378
2015DeVante Parker, Mia.502649419.0378
2016Phillip Dorsett, Ind.593352816.0279
2016Corey Coleman, Cle.733341312.5382
2017Corey Davis, Ten.653437511.0085
2018John Ross, Cin.582121010.0786
2016Nelson Agholor, Phil.693636510.1286
2018Phillip Dorsett, N.E.42322909.1388
2020Henry Ruggs, L.V.432645217.4289
2020Jalen Reagor, Phil.543139612.8191
2017Corey Coleman, Cle.582330513.3292
2018Laquon Treadwell, Min.53353028.6194
2020N'Keal Harry, N.E.57333099.4298
2015Nelson Agholor, Phil.442328312.31101
2018Breshad Perriman, Cle.251634021.32103
2018DeVante Parker, Mia.472430912.91107
2015Phillip Dorsett, Ind.391822512.51110
2017Laquon Treadwell, Min.352020010.00121
2016Kevin White, Chi.36191879.80122
2019N'Keal Harry, N.E.24121058.82124
2017Phillip Dorsett, N.E.181219416.20127
2019Laquon Treadwell, Min.16918420.41135
2017Mike Williams, LAC2311958.60139
2017Breshad Perriman, Balt.3510777.70145
2020Laquon Treadwell, Atl.76498.22156
2018Kevin White, Chi.849223.00164
2018Corey Coleman, NYG857114.20165
2016Josh Doctson, Was.626633.00169
2016Laquon Treadwell, Min.311515.00187
2017Kevin White, Chi.4263.00189
2017John Ross, Cin.2000199
2020John Ross, Cin.72178.50203
2019Josh Doctson, Min.0000226
2020Kevin White, S.F.0000235
2015Breshad Perriman, Balt.0000--
2015Kevin White, Chi.0000--

Harry will be on another team this season. Maybe New England suckers some team into giving up a mid-round pick; the Texans have been popular destinations for other teams' disappointments in recent years. He's only had two poor seasons, so maybe there's a Nelson Agholor type revival in his future.

But just as likely he's the next Ross or White, getting a look-see with some other team but never being the player he was in college. Very optimistic to imagine he makes an impact anywhere.

--Andy Richardson