Damien Harris Scouting Report

damien harris scouting report
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Strengths:

  • Solid frame
  • North-South runner
  • Patience is elite
  • Sets up blocks well
  • Vision is a plus
  • Plain and simple: he does not fumble
  • Great in pass protection–thrives against the blitz
  • Soft hands
  • Jump-cuts are a thing of beauty

Weaknesses:

  • Long end speed
  • Scouts question burst to second level
  • Won’t “shake-n-bake” any defenders
  • Lowers head in goal line/short yardage situations

Analysis: I have been on the Damien Harris train when I began preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft (I thought he should have left Bama early to enter, but he returned to school). Harris knows the type of running back he is and he never tries to work outside his capabilities. He won’t ‘shake-n-bake’ defenders out of their shoes, but if they aren’t too careful, he can run them over. Once Derrick Henry left for the NFL, Damien led Alabama with 1,037 yards (7.1-yard average) as a sophomore despite playing through a leg injury midway through the year. SEC coaches failed to name him all-conference after the 2017 season, even though his 1,000 rushing yards and 11 scores came on just 135 carries (ZERO fumbles) and he ranked seventh in the FBS with 7.4 yards per attempt. Harris was a second-team All-SEC pick his senior year, starting 14 of 15 games played, leading the Tide with 876 yards and nine scores on 150 carries (5.8 average), and catching 22 passes for 204 yards. He is a sneaky good pass catcher and can be a third down back at the next level because he is a dominant pass blocker. He understands blocking schemes and knows how to set up his blocks. While I believe he will be a Pro Bowler in a zone blocking scheme, I am confident he can find success in multiple variations of offenses in the NFL. He lacks game-breaking juice, but he still managed to break long runs in the ultra-fast SEC–check out his tape against Ole Miss this year where he does it all: break long runs, show off his hands, and handle blitzes in pass protection.

Size: 5’10 216lbs

Draft Rank: No.1 RB

Hot Take: Damien Harris will be a better pro than his teammate Josh Jacobs.

NFL Comparison: Nick Chubb

Draft Projection: Day 2 pick

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