Marcus Harris NFL Draft 2024: Scouting Report for Auburn DL

Friday, March 22, 2024

Marcus Harris NFL Draft 2024: Scouting Report for Auburn DL

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— Quick to react to the snap and has solid initial quickness. Helps him get penetration when shooting gaps, especially when combined with his solid rip and arm-over moves.

— Takes on blocks with physicality and good pad level against the run. Occasionally resets the line of scrimmage with his power/strength at the point of attack.

— Has the strength to shed when he does land his hands and get some extension. Is also slippery to help escape.

— Decent agility as the looper in line games.

— Good motor as a pass-rusher.

— Undersized with short arms.

— Lack of arm length limits how much extension he can get on blocks. Ends up chest-to-chest with the offensive lineman more often than not.

— Plays with a narrow base, which can cause him to get kicked out of his gap against down blocks and double-teams.

— Not gap-disciplined. Will leave his gap early to try to make plays, opening up rushing lanes versus zone runs.

— Doesn't offer much as a pass-rusher. Bull rush is occasionally effective, and hasn't shown any finesse moves he can win with in the NFL.

— 12 G, 40 TOT, 7 SK, 11 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR

— 3-star recruit in the 2019 class, per 247Sports

— Spent first two seasons at Kansas before transferring to Auburn ahead of the 2021 campaign

Marcus Harris is a gap-shooting defensive tackle who can get penetration as a run defender with his get-off and a couple of moves to catch offensive linemen leaning. He also shows some quickness and change-of-direction skills to beat guards across their faces when slanting, and he's shown some strength to occasionally reset the line of scrimmage.

However, Harris is undersized with short arms, and he posted only slightly above-average athletic-testing numbers at the NFL combine with a 5.91 RAS out of 10. That's going to be a tough combination for him to overcome, and it suggests his college success may not translate to the NFL. He also doesn't offer much as a pass-rusher.

The Auburn product is still worthy of a late-round pick, though. He'd be best playing for a team that needs a penetrating 3-technique who can come off the bench or start in a pinch and make a few disruptive plays.

GRADE: 5.7 (Backup/Draftable — 6th-7th Round)

PRO COMPARISON: Treyvon Hester

from Bleacher Report

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