Photo of Eli Harold
Drafted By: 49ers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 79

Combine Results

6.11 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.81 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I'm surprised he lasted this long. Harold fits with what (49ers defensive coordinator) Eric Mangini wants to do. This is a perfect fit." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


2014: Second-team All-ACC. Led team with 14.5 tackles for loss. 2013: Started all 12 games at defensive end. Led team with 15.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. 2012: Played in all 12 games, 1 start. High school: No. 1 overall player in Virginia by No. 5 defensive end nationally by Also played QB, RB, WR and accounted for 20 TDs in a Wildcat offense.

Pro Day Results

Vertical jump: 34 1/2 inches
Bench press: 24 reps



Angular with muscular arms and surprising strength. Rushed with hand in ground and standing up. Fires out of stance with forward lean, gaining ground quickly with his first two steps. Edge rusher who torques upper body around edge, giving tackles limited area to punch. Sinks hips, dips shoulder and trims the edge when he gains advantage around corner. Also has efficient, quick inside move to pressure quarterback. Memorable closing burst. Impressive, accurate hand usage with little wasted motion as pass rusher and uses hands to snatch and shed against run. Potential to be outstanding edge-setter against tight ends. Skinny and slippery through creases on twists and B-gap blitzes. Changed direction easily and will pursue like a wild man in space.


Thin waist and lower body lacks mass. Shredded body -- and might struggle to add more good weight. Play strength is below average as pass rusher. Can be jostled and redirected by a quality punch. Has to work overtime to disengage from tackles with strong hands. Needs to get a little better at keeping offensive linemen off of him. Instincts below average. Gets to many more plays than he is converting. Will need to improve feel for the outside-linebacker spot and become a more consistent finisher. Needs more experience in space and in coverage.

Draft Projection

Round 1 or 2

NFL Comparison

Olivier Vernon

Bottom Line

Explosive, leggy outside linebacker who has surprising strength at the point of attack, and the hands and length to become an outstanding edge-setter. Harold's burst upfield to threaten the edge is pro caliber and his ability to bend the corner at a 45-degree angle creates potential for him to become a quality pass rusher from either outside linebacker spot in a 3-4.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.