Drew Boylhart   1/09

Nic Harris   S   Oklahoma         

 

STRENGTHS

Nic is a very talented athlete who has the intelligence, along with the athletic ability, to play more than one position.  He has good size and strength and is a good tackler.  He could be a two deep zone safety, an in-the-box safety or be used as a weakside OLB.  Nic has good instincts once he gets the needed repetitions at one position.  He has been moved around from LB to safety; however, at the next level, I think he will settle in as a WLB for the team that drafts him.  He should be able to cover TE's one-on-one and as a zone LB, he has the intelligence to dominate in the near future.  Nic will need some time, but as soon as he adjusts to his position and the level of play in the NFL, he should become a core player and a fan favorite for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

He just needs to settle into one position.  He is a very good tackler, but if he is a 4-3 OLB, he will need to learn to shed blockers quicker and get stronger in the upper body.  He is tight in the hips so zone coverage will always be easier for him than man-to-man, but he can make up for this little problem with experience. 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

Nic is smart and will learn a new position quickly as he impacts on special teams.  If he is forced into action because of injuries his first year, he should become a solid player.  In the following years if he plays just one position, he could be a possible Pro Bowl player.  He shows excellent leadership qualities and looks to be a good teammate.  Nic will become a core player for the team that drafts him.  The one thing that I'm afraid of for Nic is that, because of Nic's intelligence, he will always be the type of player who coordinators will rely on to play more than one position.  He can play a zone safety position or a OLB position in many style of defenses.  However, his best shot at making the Pro Bowl, again, is if he stays at one position for any length of time.  The problem is that most defensive coordinators will be too tempted to move him around when the injury bug hits.  Nic is a very valuable player to have on your team; give him time and he will prove his value either at safety or at LB -- but not at both.