Harry Douglas Scouting Report

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Harry Douglas Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: AAC
School: Louisville Cardinals
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #85
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 170 lbs.
Drafted 3.21 in 2008 by ATL

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville

Douglas has become Brian Brohm's go-to guy in the last two seasons and has established himself as one of the most productive and explosive pass-catchers in the country. After having a limited impact in 2004 and 2005, Douglas had a breakout season as a junior in 2006. He caught 70 passes for a school-record 1,265 yards and six touchdowns (which earned him a place on the All-Big East first-team). He was his strongest at the end of the season, where he caught 35 passes for 745 yards and five touchdowns in the last six games. In the last three games of the season, he caught 19 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns, going for at least 132 yards in each game. He picked up where he left off at the start of this season, making 38 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns in the first four games. He recorded back-to-back double digit-catch and 200-yard receiving games against Kentucky (13 rec., 223 yards, TD) and Syracuse (12 rec., 205 yards, TD). However, he suffered a leg injury in that Syracuse game and missed the next two games. He took his 100-yard games streak to eight when he returned in a 28-24 win over Cincinnati, making seven catches for 118 yards. But he didn't record another 100-yard game until making eight catches for 136 yards and a touchdown against South Florida last Saturday, being one of the few bright spots in a 55-17 loss. But, despite the injury issues, Douglas has still had a big year entering Louisville's regular-season finale, with 70 catches for 1,113 yards and seven touchdowns. Unlike some of the other receivers who project in or around the first round, Douglas doesn't have that size that some teams might be in search of, but he has the speed and explosiveness that could make him at least an excellent slot receiver. He may be just a little behind LSU's Early Doucet (who's the same height, but as physical as any receiver in the draft), but compares very favorably to Michigan's Mario Manningham in size, speed, acceleration, hands, route-running skills, and productivity. He is a little small, so he does need to add on a few pounds (though not at the expense of his speed). Some may point to who's been throwing him the ball. But, without good receivers a great quarterback can look pretty average. He should receive an invite to one of the postseason all-star games and if he has a great showing there and replicates it at the combine (and his pro day, if he has one), he could sneak up somewhere in the first round. He may or may not turn out to be a #1 receiver, but if he gets into the weight room (to make himself more durable and add a little physicality to his speed and ability to get out of his blocks with a burst), he stands to be very productive in the NFL. Update (1/31/08): Douglas made a positive impression for the most part during Senior Bowl practice and rounded out his week by making three catches for 35 yards for the South team in their 17-16 win over the North on Saturday. Scout.com's Adam Caplan gave this assessment of Douglas from his play in practice: While he has a thin frame, Douglas can flat out fly and was able to beat defenders down the field on several occasions. His size, however, is the one thing that didn't make an impression on anyone, as he weighed in 170 pounds and had the smallest hands of any player at the Senior Bowl. He also reportedly had issues with route-running at times. However, despite that small frame and those tiny hands, draft expert Tony Pauline was impressed by Douglas' reliable hands and that he beat out bigger defensive backs for tough catches. Still, he projects as a mid-round pick and whether or not he ends up going higher will depend on how much he impresses from here on and what teams don't see his size as a red flag for drafting him with one of their first few picks. Update (2/28/08): Coming into the combine in Indianapolis, Douglas was expected to run one of the fastest 40 times at the RCA Dome; while his 4.49 is far from bad, it was a little lower than the 4.3-4.4 range he was expected to reach. Douglas did, however, post the best 3-cone drill time of any of the combine participants at 6.57 seconds and he also finished as one of the fastest wide receiver times in the 20-yard shuttle, clocking in at 4.12 seconds. Coming out of the combine, Douglas still looks like a late first day or early second day pick.

Last Updated Feb-29-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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