Monday, April 11, 2011
Backward analysis: Derrick Harvey
By Paul Kuharsky
A look back at how a later pick who has turned out well or a higher pick who hasn't was reviewed before he was drafted into the AFC South.
Derrick Harvey, defensive end, Florida, first round, eighth overall
Mel Kiper: 23rd overall, fourth defensive end
“…[W]ill bring exciting pass-rush potential and difference-making capability to the team that brings him into the fold. The lack of consistency is an issue though, so it will definitely be interesting to see how he deals with going head to head on a game-by-game basis with the NFL’s most highly skilled pass-blockers.”
Pro Football Weekly: 12th overall, third defensive end
“…Best fit will come on the left side in a 4-3 defense, where he has shown he can set the edge and overpower strong right tackles.”
NFL Draft Scout: 13th overall, third defensive end
“Compares to: Jevon Kearse, Philadelphia… Harvey might be too tall to shift to outside linebacker at the next level, but there is no question that he has the speed to play there. Despite his lanky frame, he is much more than an edge rusher… He needs to add more bulk to his frame … [but] has the power and avoidance skills to pressure the pocket on a consistent basis. Put him in a system like Dallas uses with Anthony Spencer and Greg Ellis and Harvey could develop into an Adalius Thomas-type who is best when allowed to roam the field.”
After three seasons:
Harvey might not be on the team in 2011. He wasn’t drafted by general manager Gene Smith, who took over the next season. The previous regime traded up with Baltimore to get Harvey, thinking he could be the pass-rushing presence that would take the defense to the next level. That has not happened.
He’s got eight sacks and seven tackles for a loss in three seasons, with 47 games and 32 starts. The team has used him on both sides and even tried him some as a linebacker in a failed 3-4 experiment. At one point Jack Del Rio said Harvey was a steady run defender who might just not be a big pass-rusher -- not exactly what you look for with the eighth pick.
Del Rio hired the fiery Joe Cullen as his new defensive line coach last season, and Cullen also couldn’t get consistent production from Harvey. After seven games in his third year, Harvey was moved out of the starting lineup, replaced by rookie Austen Lane.