Zach Harrison
Zach Harrison  DE  Ohio State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Zach Harrison
Height
6-6
Weight
272
College
Ohio State
Position
DE/EDGE
Class
Senior
Home town
Lewis Center, OH
86.5/100
Player Rating
9
PositionRank (DL)
4.41
FortyYD Time
Sacks
3.5
Fumbles Forced
3
Tackles
34
Sol tackles
20

Zach Harrison DE/EDGE Ohio State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Zach Harrison DE/EDGE Ohio State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.41 seconds (100%*)
Overall Rank: #49 Position Rank: #9 (DL)
Height: 6-6 (94%*)
Weight: 272 (64%*)
Weight: 272 (64%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (77%*)
Arm: 35 3/4 (98%*)
Arm: 35 3/4 (98%*)
Span: 87 (100%*)
Span: 87 (100%*)
Date of Birth: 08/14/2001 Age: 21.5
*Percentile calculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.41 seconds (100%*)
Overall Rank: #49 Position Rank: #9 (DL)
Height: 6-6 (94%*) Weight: 272 (64%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (77%*) Arm: 35 3/4 (98%*)
Span: 87 (100%*)
Age: 21.5 DOB: 08/14/2001
*Percentile calculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Overall Rating: 86.5 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
80%
Pass Rush:
97%
Run Defense:
86%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Mid Position rank: #9
College Games: 45 College Snaps: 1492
Grade: 5 ESPN  Stars 5 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 90/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #1 Pos Rank: #3 State Rank: #1
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 5  Stars 247 Sports 98 Stars 247 RATING: 98/100
Ovr Rank: #22 Pos Rank: #2
Grade: 5 Stars 5 Stars RIVALS RATING: 6.1 (100%)
Draft Profile: Bio
Zach Harrison from Olentangy Orange High School was rated a 5 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Harrison opted to join Ohio State.

In 2019 as a freshman Harrison saw action in 14 games and played on a total of 281 snaps for the Buckeyes. He recorded 13 tackles, 6 assists, while adding 14 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 7 total pressures, which included 3 QB hurries, no QB hits, and 4 sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Buckeyes in 2020 Harrison played in 7 games and took part on 218 snaps for the Buckeyes. He recorded 9 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 9 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 22 total pressures, and 19 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 2 sacks during the year.

In 2021 as a junior Harrison played in 12 games and contributed on 558 snaps. He recorded 28 tackles, 2 assists, while making 27 stops. In coverage Harrison chalked up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 129.2. As a pass rusher, he produced 28 total pressures, which included 20 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the year.

In 2022 as a senior Harrison logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 435 snaps for the Buckeyes. He also added 17 tackles, 7 assists, and 19 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 31 total pressures, which included 23 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and a decent 5 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Possesses accurate snap anticipation and timing to beat blockers off the edge.
  • Has ridiculous athletic skills runs 4.5 at 268lbs can overwhelm opponents and fly past bigger tackles in a blink of an eye
  • Has a solidly built frame with good upper body strength and tenacity. Works hard to get to the ball. Plays fast with good initial quickness and closing speed to create havoc in the backfield.
  • He has the classic frame and long arms with some explosion, power, and ability to close.
  • Looks the part. Possesses a long, athletic build with room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a burst off the snap, good enough to cross the face of collegiate tackles and put him in position to make big plays behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. A run-and-chase defender who can leave a mark.
  • Fast in a straight line. Excellent wide and .bull rushes when he's first off the snap.
  • Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to either side with strong hands.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Not consistently the first player off the snap, even when lined up over the ball, but his length, effort, and short-area quickness still pressures double teams and helps penetrate gaps.
  • Plays tall and gets upright off the snap. Wins with upper-body strength and needs to focus on leverage.
  • Stands up well against the run but is very pursuit-conscious and will take unneeded wide angles.
  • While Harrison is an excellent straight-line athlete, he has issues when it comes to changing direction and is stiffer than fluid overall.
  • Is an amazing athletic freak who will likely blow up the combine come 2023, but there are always worries that he could be the next Vernon Gholston rather than the next Chase Young
Scouting Report: Summary
Ohio State has been a breeding ground for top-notch pass rushers - in particular, the Bosa brothers and Chase Young, and some scouts are rating Zach Harrison in the same group for the 2023 NFL Draft. There is no doubt that he stands up athletically to all of them and could easily surpass them, but he's not remotely as polished and is still very raw.
We consider him to be a boom-bust prospect who could just as likely be the next Von Miller as the next Mike Mamula. Despite this, it's unlikely he'll not be picked on the first day of the draft.

Zach Harrison percentiles vs other Defensive End's (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

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How other scouting services rate Zach Harrison (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
60.7
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
13.0