Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No. 314: RB Kevin Harris (S. Carolina) Body Lean

Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines the body lean of South Carolina’s Kevin Harris, a running back prospect with a good chance to develop into an NFL contributor. 

Kevin Harris’ game lacks the flash but his skills have the substance to maintain a roster spot ahead of the bright and shiny toys of the running back position. These toys get drafted for their speed but can’t break tackles, can’t find the hole, and can’t do much else but look pretty in football practices — the setting where coaches display their implicit biases about running backs to the eventual detriment of their careers.

Harris fits into that running back neighborhood of Jordan Howard, Spencer Ware, Malcolm Brown, Darrel Williams, Rudi Johnson and C.J. Anderson. All six worked their way into productive roles for NFL teams, often as productive starters for extended periods of a season or two — sometimes more.

Harris’ most redeeming quality about his running style is is body lean. It forces to opposing defenders to be perfect with their angles. If not, Harris can win with second effort and balance-touch technique in scenarios that appear doomed.

As we’ve seen with Justin Jackson, Craig Reynolds, James Robinson, and several others, late-round or UDFA selections are often good enough to deliver starter production. Be patient with Harris.

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