2021 NFL Draft: Jacob Harris Player Profile

Jacob Harris NFL Draft Overview

Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 219 lbs.
College: UCF 

Pro Day Numbers: 

40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
Broad Jump: 11’1”
Vertical Jump: 40.5”
Bench Press (225 lbs.): 15 reps

Jacob Harris 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Jacob Harris is a redshirt-senior wide receiver out of the University of Central Florida. Harris, who only played one year of high school football, was initially a soccer player at Florida Gulf Coast University. Not long after starting at FGCU, Harris decided to play football, leading to his transfer to Western Kentucky as a preferred walk-on for the football team.

After one year at Western Kentucky, Harris found himself transferring again. This time, he wanted to move closer to his hometown of Palm Harbor, Florida, as he enrolled at UCF. He spent the 2017 season as a member of the scout team before playing in all 13 games in 2018. That season, he was primarily used as a special teams ace, as he would go onto earn a scholarship mid-season.

In 2019, Harris finally broke into his role as a receiver on offense. He registered 19 receptions for 448 yards and one touchdown that year for the Knights. His 23.6 yards-per-catch would’ve tied for the second-highest rate in the country, had he registered enough receptions to qualify. In 2020, Harris became a serious NFL prospect as he put up his best collegiate numbers in a shortened season. In 10 games, Harris registered 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged nearly 18 yards-per-catch in 2020.

Strengths

  • Big frame 
  • Naturally long and athletic 
  • Ability to adjust to throws
  • Go-to guy on third down
  • Good speed
  • Willingness to block
  • Hardworking on every play

Weaknesses

  • Overall lack of experience in football
  • Limited run-blocking experience
  • Skinny for size 
  • Inconsistent hands in traffic
  • Inconsistent speed off the line of scrimmage

NFL Comparison: A raw Mike Evans 

Teams with need at the position: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers

Projection: Fifth Round 

Bottom Line on Jacob Harris

Jacob Harris brings great size and athletic ability, though remains raw as he struggles with consistency. He has all the natural intangibles to be a key contributor in the NFL but needs a chance to mold into a high-IQ football player before he can unlock his true potential. Ending up somewhere that he can learn from veteran receivers will be crucial for his early development.

The film room will wind up being his best friend no matter where he ends up. It is clear the young pass-catcher is still learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be a quality pro receiver. Harris could also benefit from adding bulk to his frame to take advantage of his stature. That being said, Harris’ size and speed alone should draw interest on day three of the draft.

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