Photo of R.J. Harris
Grade
4.9 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

At his best down the field. Adequate deep speed with good concentration and ball tracking. Doesn't let defenders crowd him against sideline downfield. Creates space for himself and is able to adjust to the ball and finish tough catches. High-point catcher with good hand strength. Has some shiftiness to his game after the catch and is able to create yardage with bouncy short-area quickness. Consistently productive. Went for more than 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown in eight of his first nine games in 2014.

Weaknesses

Would like to see more focus to pluck and secure quickly on short throws. Shows tightness in hips, leading to upright routes and a lack of bend into breaks. Slow to unlock and accelerate when making stop-and-start cuts and his speed cuts are rounded and drifting. Too "gradual" into his breaks, allowing defenders time to react and close distance. Won't create as much separation underneath through his routes as desired.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Frequently targeted, system receiver who had three straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving, including 2014, with 1,551 yards and 15 touchdowns. Harris has average height for an outside receiver, but an above-average skill set when the ball is in the air. While his ability to gain yards after the catch is solid, he doesn't appear to have the athletic ability and acceleration out of his cuts to get open consistently in the NFL.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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.

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