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Jacob Harris NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Rams WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Central Florida wide receiver Jacob Harris, left, tries to catch a pass while East Carolina defensive back Malik Fleming defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Greenville, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The pass fell incomplete. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'5"

WEIGHT: 219 lbs

      

POSITIVES

—Excellent blend of height and length along with top-tier athleticism.

—Plays with toughness and a competitive streak. Willing to block and scrap.

—Very good speed and foot quickness, especially for his size. Has natural body control that allows him to adjust for throws and get in and out of breaks on routes. Not asked to run an extended route tree but shows the athletic ability to do more.

—Can consistently accelerate past defenders on long routes and has enough twitch to quickly get north after catching the ball.

—Dangerous in the red zone. Can be borderline unguardable because of his length and athleticism.

—Legit special teams ability.

       

NEGATIVES

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—Raw route-runner and overall player. Still learning how to play football.

—Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

—Can be inconsistent on contested catches, especially over the middle. Drops did show up.

—Worked primarily from the inside as an oversized slot. Will need to work on utilizing his natural gifts to win against press.

       

2020 STATISTICS

10 G, 30 rec., 539 yards, 18.0 avg., 8 TD

     

NOTES

—Started his college career as a soccer player at Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Western Kentucky to play football. Sat out in 2016 before joining UCF as a walk-on.

      

OVERALL

Jacob Harris is a height/weight/speed prospect who plays with natural toughness and competitiveness that make him an intriguing developmental candidate with legit special teams ability. Harris has the build of a former basketball player rather than the soccer player that he was initially, and he combines that height and length with excellent athleticism.

He primarily worked from the slot in college but will likely play outside in the NFL, and he will need lots of work on improving his route tree and polish, but he shows the athletic traits like foot quickness and body control that gives hope he can develop it. Harris plays with toughness and grit and is a willing blocker, even if his technique is lacking at times. His athleticism and competitiveness translated on special teams in college, and he has real potential of becoming an ace on special teams in the NFL.

Overall, Harris will need to continue to refine the details of playing WR and will need a lot of development, starting with working on his releases and adding to his route tree before he can see consistent playing time. But his ability to play on special teams and the chance for him to be a matchup nightmare for defenses could help him earn a roster spot with potential for more.

        

GRADE: 7.0/10 (Round 4-5)

OVERALL RANK167/300

POSITION RANK: WR27

PRO COMPARISON: Even rawer Jimmy Graham as a full-time WR 

        

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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