Round 5, pick 160: Nick Harris, C Washington
Nick Harris is built for a zone run scheme. He is smaller, standing at 6’1”, 307lbs. Don’t let his smaller stature fool you though. He is a finisher, through and through. He works incredibly well in space, he understands how to use his height to his advantage and get under his counterparts pads. He works angles like a pro. His footwork is quick and precise. He is very explosive out of his stance and does well working to the second level.
He is down on many big boards because of his size and his poor senior bowl/combine. He will never be someone who you want to take Aaron Donald one-on-one. He simply isn’t big enough. However, you put him in there with a team and he will make sure he moves Donald at an angle that allows another offensive lineman to get a hand on him. That is why the zone run scheme is so important in terms of Harris’s scheme fit. Watch the video below, you will see what I mean with explosiveness and working angles.
Naturally, his film was a lot better than his one-on-one drills at the senior bowl. This late in the draft you can take Harris as the future heir for Joey Hunt. Worst case scenario he is a serviceable backup, best case he develops into a solid starter. He could be a steal for Seattle.
Round 6, pick 192: Harrison Hand, CB Temple
Harrison Hand is an above-average athlete that is underdeveloped in his technique. He is not afraid of contact and is very solid in defending both the screen and outside run. He has phenomenal awareness and soft hands, his junior year he logged 4 tackles for a loss and 3 interceptions.
He possesses the prototypical size and speed to be a Seahawks corner, standing at 6’0”, 197lbs. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, 41-inch vertical with a great short shuttle of 4.27 seconds. They really want to emphasize the short shuttle as it helps illustrate how quickly a player can accelerate and change directions. This test is especially important for cornerbacks in the Seahawks scheme as they utilize the kick step technique.
Worst case scenario drafting Hand would bring a highly athletic special teams’ member to the squad. Best case scenario he battles Ugo Amadi for the slot cornerback position in 2020. Seattle has openly said they want more big-play production from their secondary, Hand would certainly provide that.