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Draft Profile: Alabama RB Damien Harris – Ryer Gardenswartz

by Ryer Gardenswartz

Damien Harris

5′ 10″, 216 lbs

2018 Stats

150 atts, 878 yds, 9 TDs

Strengths

Damien Harris played for four years but was often sharing the load with other backs like Derrick Henry or Bo Scarborough. He was the most productive Alabama running back in 2018, which featured Josh Jacobs who many see as a late first round draft pick. Harris is a very strong runner who has above average field vision. He is able to feel the offensive line and find the open hole, especially between the tackles. Harris also has a solid frame that allows him to play physical. He isn’t afraid of contact and it often takes more than one defender to bring him down. His size also makes him a serviceable pass protector.

Weaknesses

Harris’ biggest weakness is his speed, or lack thereof. He often struggles to beat defenders on the outside. This trend should follow in the NFL as the linebacker position continues to get faster. At the combine Harris ran a 4.57 40-yard dash. He will need to keep his weight down if he wants to avoid becoming too predictable and getting the dreaded “grinder” label.

Overall

Harris has the ability to be a good NFL running back. There is a lot of upside for Harris, and if he gets drafted into the right system then he could thrive. While his running is hard-nosed, he is also a competent receiver and blocker giving him a well-rounded game. He still has potential to flash elusive moves and utilizes his vision for sudden jump-cuts. Unlike other running backs, Harris has little wear and tear on his body, especially for someone who was in the SEC for four years.

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