Washington offensive lineman Nick Harris is officially in the NFL after being selected in the 5th round 160th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
The most obvious hole on Cleveland’s roster was their offensive line and they addressed it with their 1st round pick in Jedrick Wills Jr. out of Alabama and now also add Harris. Most analysts believe Harris will slot in at guard in the NFL and the right guard spot in Cleveland is far from locked down with 3nd year 5th round pick Wyatt Teller currently penciled in as the starter. Harris should be able to come in and compete for that starting gig and have a solid chance to at least be the backup.
There’s no question that Harris is considered undersized by NFL standards but that didn’t stop him from dominating on the field at Washington. His athleticism will be most useful for an offense that uses him to pull and get out in space blocking for Nick Chubb who is one of the best young backs in the NFL. That lack of size caused Harris to drop a round or two lower than many analysts expected but it gives what looks like a potential steal to Cleveland (not a sentence uttered very often).
Harris was one of the lowest rated members of Washington’s recruiting class coming out of high school and most expected him to be no more than depth. Everyone quickly realized that wasn’t the case as he became a starter at right guard by the end of his true freshman season. Harris shifted to center for his final two years and earned all Pac-12 honors in both seasons.
The charisma and fun-loving attitude of Nick Harris will certainly be missed by Husky fans almost as much as his excellence on the field. Best of luck Nick in the NFL!