Has good speed to make the big play on the second level. Quick and shifty and able to make guys miss with a nice spin move and jump cut to bounce things outside. Is quick to the hole and is able to sneak through creases because he's hard to spot for the defense. Is patient and waits for his blocks. Shows some power packed in small frame, able to slip some tackles and willing to lower shoulder and power through some tackles. Keeps his feet moving after contact and plays with good balance. Shows some ability to make the grab in the flat.
Undersized and probably doesn't play as fast as he times. Spends too much time dancing in the backfield looking for daylight and goes east and west too much. Needs to improve his ball security, particularly in traffic. Not a natural receiver and will drop some easy throws because of poor concentration. Offers little in pass protection.
Harris is a capable runner that is tough and rugged for his size, and has good speed and quickness. But he'll be limited at the next level because of his lack of ideal size and the fact that he is limited in the passing game for what he can do as a blocker and receiver. He had his best year as a sophomore where he rushed for 1077 yards on 210 carries (5.1 avg) and 11 touchdowns. But was productive the past two years with a lesser role, rushing for 1186 yards on 248 carries (4.8 avg) and 16 touchdowns. His production in the passing game tailed off as a senior with only 11 catches after a combined 63 the previous two years.
Harris will struggle to make an impact on offense at the next level. If he can prove himself on third downs both as a receiver and pass protector, he mgiht carve out of a decent niche as an occasional change of pace runner. But despite being a nice runner, his skills don't translate all that well to the next level. He could be a very poor man's Ray Rice, but lacks Rice's upside in the passing game. Because of that, he'll be hard-pressed to stick in the pros unless he can perform on special teams. Probably at best you're looking at a guy that might be able to play a few years as a No. 3 runner and add some depth for a team that is injury depleted, but lacks the long-term upside to really be developed down the road. He is more the type of player that goes on to find success in Canada or in the AFL rather than someone that manages to stick in the NFL.
Harris could push for time on the Falcons practice squad and is reminiscent type of player like Dimitri Nance, but in a smaller package. But he'll be hard-pressed to stick in Atlanta, and unless the Falcons are injury depleted, would he really have a shot at making the roster. And even so, he'll be unlikely to get many reps on offense, so unless he proves himself as a special teams maven, he's a long shot to be anything more than a camp body.
Harris is worth bringing into camp, but his lack of ideal upside and long-term potential means that he's not worth drafting.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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