Friday, June 24, 2011
Scout's Eye focus: WR Dwayne Harris
By Bryan Broaddus
Picked: Sixth round (176th overall)
School: East Carolina
Bio: Conference USA’s MVP as a senior, when he caught 101 passes for 1,123 yards and 10 touchdowns. … First-team All-CUSA as a junior, when he caught 83 passes for 978 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 149 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries and averaged 27.0 yards and scored three touchdowns on kickoff returns. … High school quarterback set East Carolina records for receptions (268) and receiving yards (3,001).
Receiver Dwayne Harris won't blow defenders off the line of scrimmage with his speed, but his hands are his best trait.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed North Carolina, Central Florida and SMU games): Played in same type of four- and five-receiver sets that were run at Texas Tech when Mike Leach was coach. Played in the slot the majority of the time, so was a part of screens and hitches. ... Hard to judge as a route runner because you see very few of them. ... Would not call him an overly quick or shifty receiver with the way he runs routes. However, when you see him return punts, he has some of those traits. ... He catches a ton of balls with a defender on his back. Tries to buy himself space on routes, but he just doesn't always do it. ... Is a natural at catching the football. Solid, dependable hands. Also looked comfortable as a punt returner catching the ball. ... He does a nice job of adjusting to the ball when it was poorly thrown. He'll also come back for the ball. ... Is a nice runner in the open field. I was impressed with him physically when he had the ball in his hands. ... Harris was able to break tackles and is a more-than-willing blocker. ... Was the go-to player when the Pirates needed to convert on third down. He wasn't afraid to take his route inside and fight for the ball, which reminds me of Patrick Crayton. ... Threw a touchdown pass out of the slot against North Carolina. ... There was a lot of talk at the Senior Bowl that he wasn't an explosive player and struggled with his hands. I agree that he won't blow you off the line of scrimmage and into
his route, but his hands are his best trait. He shows skill and vision to be a dependable punt returner when called on.