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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Jacob Harris

He has NFL size, but will his hands betray his future?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 UCF at Pitt Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Next up: perhaps the most intriguing UCF Knights prospect, Jacob Harris, who didn’t impress on tape but did at Pro Day.

Jacob Harris - WR

  • HEIGHT: 6’ 5”
  • WEIGHT: 219 pounds
  • 40 YD DASH: 4.39 seconds
  • BENCH PRESS: 15 reps
  • WINGSPAN: 81 1/4”
  • VERTICAL JUMP: 40.5”
  • BROAD JUMP: 11’ 1”
  • 3 CONE DRILL: 6.51 seconds
  • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.28 seconds

Stats

Jacob Harris was a very late bloomer in every sense of the term. Initially a standout soccer player, he converted over to football as a senior in high school and committed to play at Western Kentucky. He came to UCF in 2017 as a transfer, and after redshirting, moved his way up the depth chart as a special teamer in 2018 and then finally as a receiver.

He showed flashes in 2019 but established himself as an enormous target in 2020, grabbing 30 balls, including eight TDs. But he had some growing pains with drops and occasionally getting himself in poor position to make catches.

Still, his monstrous Pro Day vaulted him into scouts’ attention.

Outlook

When you’re 6-5 with a sub-4.4 40 and a 40-plus-inch vertical, you’re hard to ignore. As far as his on-field tape, there just wasn’t much of it, although he showed tremendous flashes of athleticism and physicality you’d expect from a guy his size in 2020. On the downside, he is a project. He’s not a crisp route-runner, having only to rely on his enormous frame and God-given speed to get open in the Air Raid, and he had problems with drops. However, he fits in well with the modern NFL offense, where the line between tight end and wideout is blurring, and again, you can’t teach that kind of size and speed.

Projection: Late Day Three