RB Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Damien Harris has the “it factor” an NFL team should be looking for in a lead back. He gives off the appearance of a bigger back than his size (5’10” and 216 lbs.). His first step acceleration after downshifting in tight quarters gives him many winning plays. Harris drives through contact with a unique feel for finding more open field. He tests defenses when reaching the second level with his vision and power. In his senior year at Alabama (1,080 combined yards with nine TDs and 22 catches on 172 touches), he failed to show growth over his previous two seasons (1,136 combined yards with four TDs and 14 catches and 1,091 combined yards with 11 TDs and 12 catches).
Where He Fits Right now
His pass catching opportunity was short due to Josh Jacobs shining brighter in this area. Harris doesn’t fumble, and his game grades well in pass protection. For the Patriots, Harris becomes the insurance policy for Sony Michel plus gives New England that in between back that will stand tall in pass protection while being a threat to run and catch the ball. You could say he’s a better, more explosive version of Rex Burkhead. Harris should receive approximately eight touches per game while being tougher to time in the Fantasy market. Must handcuff for Sony Michel owners.
Dynasty owners of Sony Michel will want to pounce on an opportunity to get Damien Harris as a young handcuff with long term starter appeal. Harris could very well assume lead back duties in a few years in this high-octane offense.
Michel has already missed time twice in his short career so Harris could produce plenty of touchdowns even in his rookie year. He is easily a second-round pick in a rookie draft.