According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, the Denver Broncos are among the teams showing interest in Washington center Nick Harris. Here is what Pauline had to say about Washington and which teams are showing interest in his services.
(via Tony Pauline, 11:07 am ET)
Washington center Nick Harris is all over draft boards. I’ve seen him graded as early as round three to as late as the fifth round. I presently stamp him as a fourth-round prospect, but there is a good chance he’s selected Friday during day two of the draft.
Harris is garnering interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Coincidentally, it’s the hometown Seattle Seahawks who have shown the greatest interest in Harris and could swipe him off the board today.
Harris is a 6’1”, 302lb center who played his college ball at Washington. He ran a 5.1 40-time during the NFL Scouting Combine and put 20 reps during the bench press as well.
Here is what The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had to say about Harris in his annual draft guide. He has Harris graded as a 3rd round selection.
SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Washington, Harris started at guard before moving to center the past two seasons in former head coach Chris Petersen’s shotgun spread offense. Despite his position versatility in college, he is viewed as a one-position player by most around the league. Harris is quick and determined in everything he does on the football field, displaying the alpha attitude and intelligence that translates to the pro level. While he loves to finish and finds a way to stick to blocks, his body type will limit him in certain situations. Overall, Harris is scheme-specific and will be overlooked because he lacks ideal NFL measurables, but he has a terrific blend of smarts, technique and agility with a competitive playing temperament, displaying starter-level traits in a zone-blocking scheme.
As we know, the Denver Broncos are in the market for a center after veteran center Connor McGovern left via free agency and signed with the New York Jets. There really doesn’t appear to be an answer for that position currently on the roster so someone like Harris could be selected in the third-round and thrown into the fire is rookie season and start for the Broncos.
The Broncos figure to continue use zone based looks in their blocking scheme, so the fit makes sense. Also, someone who is intelligent and has solid technique already figures to be something Hall Of Fame offesnive line coach Mike Munchak covets in a prospect. So the fit makes a lot of sense as well.
So, add Nick Harris to the names to watch on day 2 for the Denver Broncos.