Alan Schechter over at The Jets Press does a nice job at taking a look at some of the lesser known prospects. Here’s a piece he did on UDFA defensive tackle Damon Harrison from William Penn.
PROS:He is the size you want for a nose tackle. At 6’2″ 342, it will take hard work for two guys to block this guy, much less one. That will open up holes for others even when Damon isn’t making the play. Secondly, this guy has a serious nose for the football. I read a report that said Harrison is late finding the ball, but quite frankly I don’t know what they were talking about. Watch the tape, this guy is on the ball fast. He can bull rush through anybody, and doesn’t miss tackles.
CONS:I’m nitpicking here now because I didn’t see much. I saw he’s had some knee problems, so durability has been an issue. We have to be careful because we have been there with Kris Jenkins. Other than that, his speed is a bit slow so running guys down is difficult. He also doesn’t have an array of pass rush moves from what I have seen, but he doesn’t necessarily need them in the middle, and the way he can bull rush, he shouldn’t have a problem getting by just about anyone.
The Jets have a lot of depth on the defensive line so it might be hard for a guy like Harrison to make the team. However, he could very well push a guy like Martin Tevaseu for an end of the roster spot. There is a lot to like in his game, but Schechter didn’t mention is his level of competition. That is definitely a cause for concern. In all likelihood, he will be a practice squad player, that can gain a year of experience and learn the playbook. Thus, he can come back strong next year and really push for a roster spot.
But you never know. He is a big kid and could really could end up surprising people in camp.
11 Responses to Diamond in the Rough?
he seems to have a non-stop motor i like that alot.
hope hes better than dwayne robertson
Dwayne was drafted , your expecting too much from the guy but he looks like he has some Pouha in him.
Want to say it again, FO did a great job(IMO) this offseason. We should be back on track.
Harrison reminded me that we also lost Jenks, I really think if Jenks was around for any of our playoff runs, we would have brought home the Lombardi trophy.
Lou Piccone says:
He outweighs Dwayne by about 40 lbs, Dwaynes issue was he was too small for a 3-4 nose tackle.
I actually see this guy as a prime candidate for the practice squad this year. Seems like a perfect fit.
He would be a nice fit for the 3-4, but seems like the Jets are transitioning into a 4-3
Some of the highlights look like they are from JV high school game, good luck in the NFL big man..
I was thinking the same thing- William Penn is division III. You couldn’t ask him to be any more dominant than that against that level of competition.
I am not expecting much from him this year but I will definitely be rooting for him.
I like what he does to the center at 6:35.
He will face tough competition with Pouha, MTV and Ellis in camp. It is a great opportunity for him and he will get a chance to show his grit.
But that won’t work against Mangold
Adam R says:
Let see how he does in front of Mangold and the rest of the NFL starters in preseason,
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