Draft 2021 – Pick #5: Jacob Harris, WR, UCF

Player Bio
Harris briefly played soccer for Florida Gulf Coast University after his career at Palm Harbor University High School. He decided he wanted to instead play football, so Western Kentucky accepted him as a preferred walk-on. Harris moved back to Florida after failing to see the field with the Hilltoppers, participating with the scout team at UCF as a walk-on during the 2017 season. He contributed as a special teams ace in 2018, making seven tackles and recovering a fumble to earn a scholarship midway through the year. Coaches got him involved on offense as a junior, when he averaged 23.6 yards per catch in 13 contests (19-448, one TD, four starts). Harris started six of nine games in his senior campaign, scoring eight times on the year (30-530-18.0). — by Chad Reuter

Draft Projection
Round 5

Under-the-radar wideout with elite size and dangerous speed. Harris has inside/outside experience and offers the potential to threaten coverage as a matchup talent. Cornerbacks tend to fall asleep on his long, smooth strides and he gets by them before they know it. While his size and speed will be alluring, his consistency as a pass catcher could be a concern. Harris hasn’t developed a feel for utilizing body positioning to help him win more contested catches and his ability to correct that issue could be the difference between becoming a productive pro or just an explosive athlete.

  • Powers through route redirection from defensive backs.
  • Traits to cause trouble down the field.
  • Averaged 20.1 yards per catch during his UCF career and 9 of his 49 catches resulted in TDs.
  • Long strider with explosive build-up speed.
  • Has box-out talent when he gets coverage on his hip.
  • Plus athlete who’s able to adjust to the throw in air.
  • Leverages routes and is smooth through turns.
  • Good effort to engage and sustain on receiver screens.
  • Needs to become more willful with his size.
  • Hits route turns without enough fake at the top.
  • Below-average suddenness and physicality underneath.
  • Doesn’t have natural feel for positioning in space.
  • Needs to post better win percentage on contested catches.
  • Hands were a mess at times in 2020, as he dropped two would-be touchdowns on deep throws.
Sources Tell Us
“I like what I see because tall guys who can stretch the field put a defense in a bind unless they have a big, fast guy to match up on him.” — Receivers coach for AFC team
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst

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