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Prospect Profiles: Dwayne Harris

DWAYNE HARRIS, WR, EAST CAROLINA

Triangle Numbers: 5-10, 203, 4.55

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good hands, doesn’t drop a lot of balls… Reliable player, comes up big on third downs and at the end of games… Good route runner, likes to work the middle of the field, does most of his work within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage… Solid burst off the line of scrimmage, can get separation in man coverage… Cuts well, very elusive in the open field… Hard runner, tough guy to bring down when he gets going, gets a lot of yards after the catch… Very consistent production, had 83 receptions in 2009 and 101 in 2010… Had five or more catches in every game this year and a TD in eight of 13 games… Large hands… Former quarterback, understands coverage, does a great job at finding soft spots in the zone… Has experience lining up at quarterback in the wildcat formation… Added value as a special teams player, should return punts for whichever team drafts him… 2009 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year… Good possession receiver who excels out of the slot… He’s a gamer, measurables won’t blow you away, but he plays fast… Hands are like glue, is able to make one-handed grabs.

Negatives: Has just average speed, will not beat a lot of corners deep… Below-average leaping ability, not great at going up for jump balls… Has some minor injury concerns, had a foot injury in 2008 that caused him to miss the last four games of the year… Rather short to play on the outside… Not a deep threat, his long plays come on yards after the catch… Will not be a number one or two option, more of a role player… Stats may be inflated by East Carolina’s spread offense that focused on getting him the ball in space.

National Football Post:

Possesses only average size, but has a strong, well-built frame and is a tough kid to get to the ground. Displays a good first step off the line and lacks ideal top-end speed. Is more quick than fast and isn’t a guy who will consistently be able to get behind defenders vertically. However, showcases the shiftiness to get opposing corners off balance vs. press coverage and uses his long arms and strong hands very well to slip press and get into his breaks. Is a very coordinated and fluid route runner who does a great job sharply and cleanly getting out of his breaks in the short/intermediate pass game and generating a burst for himself in order to separate. Accelerates quickly and has an initial burst to his game, giving him the ability to create after the catch. Is a patient route runner as well who doesn’t give his breaks away prematurely, has the body control and balance to snap off a route at full speed and consistently pluck the ball well away from his frame.

Possesses a long set of arms and strong hands, but at times will struggle to bring a throw in off his frame. Also, despite the fact he does a nice job recognizing the blitz and working as the hot man underneath, he needs to do a better job snapping his head around and locating the football quickly. Is a tough kid to bring down after the catch. Is powerful and shifty with the ball in his hands. A natural runner who knows how to break tackles, accelerate and run to daylight. Will finish runs and isn’t afraid to mix it up. Also works on special teams as a return man and his combination of acceleration, shiftiness and feel gives him a chance to return kicks in the NFL as well. Works from both the slot and on the outside, but seems better suited to play inside, set up corners and use his short-area quickness and fluid route-running ability to separate and create.

Impression: Isn’t a big-time draft pick because he lacks ideal size/speed numbers. But will find a home in the league and could contribute early for an NFL team from the slot/special teams.

FF Toolbox:

Dwayne Harris is not a number one wide receiver, but he could be a great slot receiver and return specialist in the NFL. After three and a half years of catching passes and returning kicks, Harris is working his way up the Conference USA record books in all-time receptions, all-purpose yards and kickoff returns. Even as a freshman Harris returned every punt East Carolina received and added 26 receptions. The following year he was returning a majority of the kick-offs and turned into a very dangerous receiver, catching a team high 58 passes.

By the time he was an upperclassman, Harris was earning all-conference accolades. The 2009 season was a very special one for Harris. On top of his amazing 83 catches for 978 yards and seven touchdowns, he returned 37 kick-offs for a smooth 1,000 yards and three more scores.

Harris is generously listed at 6-0 and his lack of size will be an issue come draft time. However, Harris has proven to be a very productive player and should be a fine third or fourth wide receiver on most teams and a dynamic returnman from day one. Without the threat of being a top receiver, Harris’ stock is not too high, but he should be a solid third or fourth round selection.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Dwayne Harris is a mid round wideout prospect who has a chance to be a game breaker on special teams, and a pretty dynamic weapon from the slot. Not overly fast, he’s more elusive and will make people miss. Excels in space. Has experience at QB, so can play WildCat. Not a number one or two option, but as a guy who can get the ball in the flat, on screens, within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and make things happen, Harris will be a solid pick. Add to the fact that he will be a dynamic returner, both kick and punts, and Harris could be a valuable choice. Giants have picked players from ECU before (Linval Joseph, Matt Dodge). So they won’t be shy about that. Harris could be the type of dynamo that this offense is lacking.

 

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