Ra'shon Harris ( pictured above) is getting looked over very well by, the world champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ra'shon Harris played as a defensive tackle for the Oregon Ducks, following the footsteps of the very well known Haloti Ngata. Harris is a monster of a Defensive Tackle, Standing at 6'5" tall and weighing in at 300+ pounds.
Though Harris has seen limited time on the field, he is expected to be drafted in one of the mid-late rounds of the draft.
You Steelers fans out there may be wondering why we need to bring in Harris? As we all know Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke cant last for ever, even if they are really good at what they do. Bringing in Harris we will not be losing the size component but we will be losing the experience.
Ra'shon Harris is being looked at for his abilities to read and react to the Offensive Line, and his fair straight ahead speed. His desire to keep moving forward, and His don't slow down even against double teams skill are being looked at with great interest.
Harris is also being looked at to be drafted because he stands up the opposing linemen and sheds their blocks to wrap up the Backs before they can made any critical damage. When in a passing situation he collapses the pocket to help threaten the Quarterback and shorten his time to look down the field to find an open receiver.
He uses his height to get in to the throwing lanes. He also uses his height to help block field goals and punts, and if his height isn't enough to persuade you, his weight room skills would be for sure.
Everyone understands the fact that you can't have the good without the bad, the coaches aren't any exception. Harris's delayed draft expectation is due to his faults.
Pittsburgh has to take into consideration these very serious faults. Offensive line men use Harris's height against him, chop blocking him often, but he recovers fairly quickly. That is one of the biggest things to think about because of the blocking he needs to have so that the running backs can't get through.
He is slow off the line and has a weak initial hit. His acceleration needs work but that can be fixed with hard work and dedication. He often plays with his head looking down at the ground, therefore minimizing his awareness.
To go along with his slow acceleration, his directions change is slower that desired but that too can be fixed a little bit.
His push, hustle and shedding blocks are inconsistent. With all these problems with his skills, his work ethic takes a huge hit. His work ethic may end up making or braking his NFL career. His stamina is on the poor side but that shouldn't be a problem because its not like hes running a race or anything like that.
His Performance may be hindered by the tricep tear he had back in 2006, but with this Physical problem and the lack of skill is not really shown when looking at his record. He was named the 10th top tackler and eighth for tackles behind the line.
Taking all this into consideration and thinking along and hard about his Strenght's and weaknesses and how they work with the rest of the team. Looking at his performance, with little play time, looks to be not to bad of a choice to draft him this year and let him watch Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke.
Then in his second season he might have gained enough improvement to think about starting a game, but until then Casey and Chris will have to do.