Damien Harris

Alabama

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
KY
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
216 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.79
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 3 ‧ Pick 24
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.57u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Harris was the Kentucky Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2014, as well as a USA Today All-American and No. 1 running back recruit in the nation. As a true freshman, Harris made an impact as a rusher (46-157, one TD), receiver (4-13), and kick returner (9-174). With Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry leaving for the NFL, Harris held off challenges from talented young players to become the team's bellcow back in 2016. He led Alabama with 1,037 yards (146 carries, 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 (no 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 (9.3 average). He played middle school football with Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and the two are still good friends despite the Iron Bowl rivalry.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Cedric Benson
Overview
Disciplined and rugged with a very strong sense of who he is as a running back. He operates with a good feel for blocking schemes and finds the designed yards while adding extra with his power and some elusiveness. He lacks game-breaking juice as a runner and will need to keep his weight down or he'll end up in the "grinder" category of runners. Harris is more likely to be good than great as a pro, but his size, every-down game and ball security give him a chance to have fruitful career as a solid starter.
Strengths
  • Well proportioned with the the frame thickness to handle physical work
  • No-nonsense runner, with no sign of cuteness in his game
  • Takes a committed effort to bring him down and runs through initial contact to fall forward
  • Patient zone runner with good feel for when to keep it flowing play-side and when cut it
  • Trusts his blocking up front and generally keeps runs true to designated point of entry
  • Has feet to slalom around interior traffic and a sudden jump-cut for alternative lane choice
  • Tremendous feel for space
  • Works away from traffic while maintaining efficient rush track
  • Ability to secure and maintain possession of the football is elite
  • More than ready to stick his nose in and mix it up in blitz pick-up
  • Scans for leaks in pass protection and uses good technique to square and sustain blocks
  • Very capable as dump-off pass catcher with soft hands and desired ball skills
  • Shared carries in deep Alabama backfield has helped reduce wear and tear
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't have burst to and around the perimeter to consistently outrun speedy linebackers
  • Average burst through line of scrimmage will test his tackle-breaking talent
  • Improved open field wiggle considered average by NFL standards
  • Size and running style not geared to "make you miss" moves up to second-level tacklers
  • Struggles to get accelerator racing again when forced to slow feet
  • Hard-hat approach means linebackers usually know where and when to find him
  • Far-sighted approach as short-yardage runner limits ability to find subtle crevices
  • Gives in to head-first charges in short yardage
GRADE
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