Nick Harris: Looking at what they’ve said about the new Browns right guard
Nick Harris is the new launch protection for the Cleveland Browns. An ankle injury from Wyatt Teller and a serious knee injury from Chris Hubbard have pushed Harris, the Browns rookie of Washington in the fifth round, into the line-up.
Harris played pretty well on his Guard debut against the New York Giants in Week 15. While it allowed a sack, it generally looked like it was one of them.
Now that the move is more than an emergency response - Tretter is likely to miss the last two regular season games - it's a good time to look back on the scouting reports and observations on Harris from earlier in his career.
Browns Wire's Josh Keatley offered this rating immediately after Harris drafted the Scouting Rating.
Harris was promoted to the All-PAC-12 for two consecutive seasons after transitioning from guard to center, but he even played high-level guard prior to the transition. At 6-1 and 302 pounds, Harris is fine size and extremely fast feet for his size. He seeks additional work on the second level and has unique lateral movement skills.
Noting this warning, Keatley noted, "Harris has an extremely high ceiling, but he doesn't look like it, with a clumsy, somewhat sloppy body and short limbs."
Touchdown Wire's Mark Schofield echoed the thoughts of many in his quick reaction to the Browns picking Harris in the fifth round.
Looking back at some of the better-known scouting reports of Harris playing guard but mostly in Washington, there was a common theme. Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network (and Dolphins Wire) rated Harris as follows:
For a team looking for a sports center that successfully pulls and climbs to the second level with a zone running program, Harris is an exciting option. While not the most physically dominant runblocker and his anchor can be compromised while protecting the pass, Harris is extremely competitive, technically flawless, and his functional mobility is impressive. He may be a system-specific prospect, but he has what it takes to be a starter on the right offensive in good time.
The Athletic's Dane Brugler echoed these sentiments in his scouting report on Harris, which he projected as a round three talent.
While he loves to quit and find a way to hold onto blocks, his body type will limit him in certain situations. Overall, Harris is scheme specific and overlooked for lack of ideal NFL metrics, but he has an excellent mix of intelligence, technique, and agility with a competitive gaming temperament that shows starter-level traits in a zone-locking scheme.
We saw Harris during the training camp sessions broadcast. I noticed this on the first day
With JC Tretter, the fifth-lap rookie Nick Harris took the starting role. His snapshot was flawless with the limited camera shots. What caught my eye was a running game on the left where he fired and quickly got down to his task of picking up the LB in space. This is a primary responsibility for the Stefanski crime and the wide zone blocking system.
From the early looks we got at Harris in a Browns uniform, it appears that the scouting reports were pretty accurate as to his mobility and lack of length.
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