Desmond Harrison Draft Profile

Desmond Harrison draft profile

 

Strengths:

  • Rare combination of physical and athletic traits
  • Has tremendous flexibility and twitch
  • Long arms
  • Looks to snatch up opponents’ frame with strong hands and hold them close
  • Able to respond to mistakes with plus reactive athleticism
  • Has foot quickness to handle edge speed
  • Dominated competition across from him this year
  • Great pulling blocker
  • Tape is filled with nasty block finishes that occasionally leave the frame

Analysis: Desmond Harrison spent two years at Contra Costa Community College, coming out as a first-team JUCO All-American. Harrison transferred to the University of Texas, where he played in seven games as a reserve and on special teams in 2013. In 2014, he was suspended from the team twice, failing to play in a single game. Harrison spent the next two years away from football before attending West Georgia for the 2017 season. He started nine of 10 games played as a senior at left tackle, garnering first-team All-Gulf South Conference and first-team AFCA All-American accolades. Harrison has a rare combination of athleticism and strength. Albeit against weaker competition, his game tape from West Georgia is the most dominant I have seen in some time. He is an elite pulling lineman and can get out and make blocks in space most players with his size cannot do. Dominated his competition based on pure physical ability, not technique-driven.

Weaknesses:

  • Character questions
  • Signed with University of Texas in 2013 out of JUCO but played in just seven games (no starts) before being dismissed in the offseason for multiple team violations
  • Extremely raw
  • Burst out of stance could be more impactful
  • Has limited experience against quality competition
  • Needs to add much more muscle and core strength
  • Needs to add weight to his frame
  • Instincts are below average and struggles to process twists quickly
  • Hand placement and punch timing are inconsistent
  • Needs to work on technique

Analysis: Desmond Harrison looked light on tape and his Senior Bowl weigh-in at 279 is sure to scare teams about his ability to carry enough mass on his frame. He has alluring athletic traits but he has to prove he can keep his weight up. His character will be one of the hot topics he will need to calm NFL teams about–being kicked off of the Longhorns team is not a good look. Technique is not his forte, yet. Needs to work long and hard with his position coach at the next level to become pro ready. Instincts are below average and he lacks the awareness of stunts/twists happening in front of him. Veteran defenders could dominate him on pass rush moves alone–his hand placement is a mess and defenders will see this on tape immediately.

What the experts say: “You can see how athletic he is and all that, but he didn’t play anyone and he’s got some character issues that you better be sure on before you just draft the athlete. No doubt about his talent though.” — NFC team director of scouting

Size: 6’6 286lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd round

NFL Comparison: Dorian Johnson

Draft Projection: Round 3

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