Nic Harris Scouting Report

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Nic Harris Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: Big12
School: Oklahoma Sooners
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #5
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 232 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Nic Harris, FS, Oklahoma

Harris has been making an impact since his arrival in Norman and has developed into one of the nation's top defensive backs. He started two games at free safety as a freshman (played in 10) and made 16 tackles, with seven-tackle games coming against Texas and Kansas St. As a sophomore, he was primarily a nickel back, but started at free safety in the last three games and was named on the coaches' All-Big 12 second team in a season that saw him record 68 tackles (40 solo, 28 assist, 8 for loss), three sacks, four interceptions, and eight pass breakups. Harris has had a standout junior season thus far, making 72 tackles (49 solo, 23 assists), 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two INTs, seven pass breakups, and forcing two fumbles. He bettered his conference accolades from '06 by being named a first-teamer by the coaches this year. Harris' size and range could see him be a linebacker on the next level. It could also depend on the evaluation of his speed - he may not be as fast as some teams might like for him to remain at safety (4.62 40, according to NFL Draft Scout), but as active as he is, speed may not be a concern in the end. He's definitely going to be a pretty active presence in the defense, wherever he ends up playing, as he is like a defensive back-linebacker-defensive end all wrapped into one - he can cover well, he makes plenty of tackles, and he loves to get into the backfield, much like his secondary mate Reggie Smith. Harris has already submitted his paperwork to the NFL to start the evaluation process, so he'll know soon whether or not he'll be throwing his name into the hat for the 2008 draft, or staying for his senior season. Given that this year's safeties class is a little thin at the top, if he does enter early, he'd likely be the second safety off of the board, behind Miami's Kenny Phillips (another junior). Update (1/04/08): Harris had two tackles (one solo, one assist) in Oklahoma's 48-28 loss to West Virginia in Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl. Harris now has a week and a half (until January 15) to decide whether he will stay in school for his senior season, or if he will enter the NFL draft a year early.

Last Updated Jan-04-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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