Ronnie Harrison NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison celebrates after Alabama stopped Arkansas from scoring during the first half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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POSITIVES

—Flies around the field and has a signature style of controlled chaos to his attacks on offenses.

—Plays with very good field speed and agility; showing the hips to play in coverage and the burst to close on the ball.

—Has had success as a blitzer.

—Comes to balance well as a tackler and can deliver punishing hits that intimidate offenses.

—Sees the ball quickly and easily diagnoses the run. Shows a high football IQ when moving forward.

—Disrupts routes more than he eliminates them but will leave a mark if he can get his body on a receiver.

        

NEGATIVES

—Can be too aggressive and will give up plays.

—Will get beat on double-moves and can be baited by play action due to his aggressive nature.

—Is a bounce tackler who doesn’t secure the runner with his hands or arms.

—Was surrounded by a loaded Alabama defense that may have protected him.

          

OVERALL

Ronnie Harrison was overshadowed by Minkah Fitzpatrick but is a top-tier safety prospect in his own right. He has the tools to become an immediate starter and is a great fit in the modern NFL where the line between free and strong safety is blurring.

           

GRADE: 6.95 (Early Round 2)

PRO COMPARISON: Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco 49ers

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