Expert Opinion: OT Desmond Harrison’s Profile

At 6’6″ and 288 pounds, Desmond Harrison is not a bad player to have on your offensive line, but be sure to do your homework on him before you decide to draft him.

A senior coming out of West Georgia this year, Harrison spent previous years playing for Contra Costa Community College before transferring to Texas where he played in seven games in 2013.

However, Harrison’s tenure at Texas ended in 2014 when Charlie Strong, head coach of the Longhorns at the time, kicked Harrison off the team after multiple failed drug tests (revengeofthebirds.com). After being out of football the past two years, Harrison finds himself ready to head to the next level.

Harrison has the foot quickness to handle edge speed, a rare combination of physical and athletic traits and is able to respond to mistakes with plus reactive athleticism, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

“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.” – An NFC Team Director of Scouting

At 288 pounds, Harrison has been considered by most to be undersized for his position. At the Senior Bowl this year, Harrison weighed in at 279 pounds.

“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,” said Zierlein. “He has alluring athletic traits but he has to prove he can keep his weight up.”

40-Yard Dash: 4.9 seconds

Draft Projection: Round 2-3

NFL Comparison: Jason Spriggs (via revengeofthebirds.com)

 

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