The following is a Malik Harrison NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Ohio State linebacker. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting positives and concerns while looking at his NFL player comparison, projection while providing game clips and any other articles and information about him.
Malik Harrison NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’3 Weight: 246 School: Ohio State
- Plays with good pad level when tackling which allows him to be a physical finisher.
- Football IQ with good reactive quickness that allows him to fly to the ball.
- Strong hands allow him to shed blocks at a high level.
- Quickness and burst moving forward allowed him to get into the backfield to accumulate tackles for loss.
- A strong motor allowed him to rally to the ball and help teammates clean up.
- Shows good timing as a blitzer that allowed him to beat linemen off the snap.
- Lacks good lateral quickness that makes it difficult to cut off defenders on the edge.
- Not a very fluid athlete with tight hips makes it tough for him to change directions quickly.
- Can struggle in coverage, especially zone where he can loos track of the receivers.
- Because of limitations in coverage he’s viewed as a two down role player.
A two year starter at The Ohio State University Malik Harrison was a physical linebacker who thrived against the run finishing with 205 tackles while his tackles for loss and sacks numbers have increased each season. Harrison’s hand pop and strength help him in his gap take on and blowing up lineman where he’s able to lower his shoulders and drive opponents to the ground. One of Harrison’s best traits is his play recognition where he’s able to quickly diagnose the play and allow him to react and fly to the ball. Lateral quickness is Harrison’s part of the game that he needs to improve on, as he struggles to tackle in space and track backs of out the backfield. Man and zone coverage is another area that Harrison isn’t great in, although he wasn’t asked to do this at Ohio State much his tight hips give him some problems.
Harrison projects to be a a two down MIKE linebacker in the NFL that also provides big value on special teams because of his high effort. Look for Harrison to go in the late second round to early third round with the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots are two teams that look to be good fits.
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