Instant Reaction: Browns Select Nick Harris

The Cleveland Browns selected Washington center Nick Harris with the 160th pick overall in the fifth round.

PLAYER PROFILE
Harris was a four-year starter with Washington and was both a starting guard and center during his time in college. Scouting reports say he has “starter-level traits” in a zone-blocking scheme with “a terrific blend” of football IQ, technique and agility.

Earned First-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2018 and 2019 and was also an Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 in 2017 as a right guard.

HOW HARRIS FITS IN THE OFFENSIVE LINE ROOM
Cleveland has solidified the offensive line this offseason with the signing of Jack Conklin in free agency as well as the selection of Jedrick Wills in the first round.

They haven’t addressed right guard but seem to be leaving that open to competition between Wyatt Teller, Drew Forbes and Chris Hubbard. Harris’ fit in the zone-blocking scheme could also give him an opportunity to compete for that role and also could have him in line to become the center of the future after JC Tretter’s contract expires after the 2022 season.

ANALYSIS
Offensive line depth isn’t a bad thing to have and especially someone who fits the scheme that Kevin Stefanski and Bill Callahan are implementing. Also getting Harris who some had as a third-round pick is great value in the fifth-round.

However, the Browns had more pressing needs at this point and there was talent available to fill those needs.

GRADE: B-

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