Draft Profile: BioHarrison was one of the top players in the 2019 class, was a five-star recruit, and the 10th-ranked player on ESPN’s board. He was also the third-ranked defensive lineman, behind Thibodeaux and Nolan Smith.
He was a high school athletic freak at 6' 6" and 244lbs with a vertical jump of 38 inches and as a result, had the pick of college programs.
Harrison chose the Buckeyes and saw playing time as a freshman where he logged 10 games, making 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
2020 was less impressive where despite showing flashes didn't massively improve his stock playing in only seven games and chalking up two sacks.
During the 2021 offseason, Harrison has upped his game by under the supervision of Mickey Marotti working out in the weight room and pushing his athletic ability into the stratosphere.
So far 2021 has been a good one for Harrison and he became a national sports talking point against Minnesota where he dominated and was credited with three tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.
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
- Rarely 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 2022, but there are always worries that he could be the next Vernon Gholston rather than the next Chase Young
Scouting Report: SummaryOhio 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 2022 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.
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