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Patriots.com Draft Profile: RB Damien Harris

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Round 3, Pick No. 24 (87 overall): Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Hometown: Richmond, KY

STRENGTHS

Shows patience and toughness as a runner. … Showed excellent ball security at Alabama with just two fumbles in his career and none over his final two seasons. … Solid in pass protection. … Has the size to succeed as a power back. … Shared carries throughout his college career, lessening his workload as he enters the NFL. … Finds open space effectively as a no-nonsense, between-the-tackles runner. … Capable receiver during his time with the Crimson Tide.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks the burst to get to the perimeter. … Doesn’t make many tacklers miss. … Occasionally lowers head in short-yardage situation, causing him to miss potential openings. … No frills style allows defenses to understand how he is used. … Not effective in stop-and-start situations. … Will need to break tackles at the NFL level without Alabama’s outstanding offensive line blasting away at overwhelmed opponents.

PERSONAL

Was a middle school teammate of Auburn quarterback and Patriots fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham growing up in Kentucky. … Was the 2014 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year at Madison Southern (Ky.) High School. … Finished his high school career with the second-most touchdowns (122) and 11th-most rushing yards (6,748). … Harris was a communications major at Alabama and hopes to become a college football analyst after his playing days. … Twitter handle is @DHx34.

COMPARABLE NFL PLAYER

C.J. Anderson, RB, Detroit: Similar short and stocky frame with a power mentality. Anderson has carved out a solid career with several teams.

BY THE NUMBERS

Rushing/Receiving

Table inside Article
YEAR GP ATT. YDS. AVG. TD LONG REC. YDS. AVG. TD LONG
2015 12 45 157 3.4 1 41 4 13 3.3 0 8
2016 15 146 1,037 7.1 2 73 14 99 7.1 2 56
2017 14 135 1,000 7.4 11 75 12 91 7.6 0 17
2018 15 150 876 5.8 9 73 22 204 9.3 0 52
Total 56 477 3,070 6.4 23 74 52 407 7.8 2 56

WORKOUT NUMBERS

Table inside Article
HARRIS COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height 5-10 5-10
Weight 216 213
40 Yards 4.57 4.56
Bench 16 20
Vertical Jump 37.0 32.5
Long Jump 10-1 10-1
Shuttle DNP 4.32
Cone DNP 7.18

DNP = Did Not Participate

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

He’s outstanding in pass protection, which you know is going to be great for the Patriots. He’s a north-south runner who runs through arm tackles and has very reliable hands. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah

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