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