RB Damien Harris, Alabama

5’10” – 216 lbs. – 4.57
Five-star recruit who carried 46-157-1 behind Derrick Henry as a freshman, then carried the ball more than any other running back on roster in each of the three subsequent seasons, posting 145-1,040-2 as a sophomore, 135-1,000-11 as a junior, and 150-876-9 as a senior. Also caught 52-407-2 over the four years combined. A pretty thickly-built back with a low center of gravity; diet in Alabama’s offense may have been heavier on between-the-tackles runs than Joshua Jacobs, but which also featured a lot of one-cut or off-tackle rushing attempts out of shotgun formations. Makes quick cuts, is able to knife through tight spaces, gets up to speed quickly, and finishes his runs by falling forward. Not overwhelmingly powerful but is able to get low and drive his legs to churn out additional yardage; very competitive after contact. Capable of lowering the shoulder and running through smaller defenders. Has a good burst through the hole and the deep speed to hit home runs when he gets into the open field; fast enough to outrun defenders to the corner. Balance leaves a little bit to be desired; tended to get tripped up a little bit too easily by arm tackles, preventing him from taking advantage of every opportunity to break off big chunks of yardage. Occasionally slips before hitting the hole. Receiving game was typical of Alabama’s offense; especially heavy on delayed releases into middle screens to provide an outlet for the quarterback. Flashes the ability to catch passes away from his frame. A player it’s worth trying to scheme into space because of his ability to bully defensive backs in the open field. Also a pretty good blocker; alert to recognize his man, with the lateral quickness to slide and the physicality to engage them successfully. Would like to see more consistent arm use; will throw his body on occasion. Works hard to stick with his man through the whistle, and has enough lower-body strength to absorb contact. A player who’s proven his ability over three productive seasons as Alabama’s primary running back, and who doesn’t have too much tread on his tires. Offers an impressive combination of burst, physicality, and top-end speed, with above-average blocking ability, traits which should allow him to work his way into the second day of the draft and a pro rotation shortly thereafter.

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