The Jacksonville Jaguars select Anton Harrison with the 27th pick. Grade A

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I really liked Harrison’s tape, and no wonder he went out in the first round. I’m also not surprised that he went to the Jaguars, who lost Jawaan Taylor to free agency, and are looking to lose Cam Robinson to an NFL suspension. The Jags’ main need at the end of last season was their secondary, and that still applies, but this is a good option for a line that obviously needs reliable and consistent protectors for Trevor Lawrence.

Height: 6′ 4¼” (14th percentile) Weight: 315 (56)
40-yard dash: 4.98 (93)
10-yard split: 1.77 (60)
Bench Press: N/A
Vertical jump: 28½” (53°)
Long jump: 105″ (62º)
3 Cone Drill: N/A
20 Yard Shuttle: N/A

Wingspan: N/A
Arm Length: 34⅛” (55°)
Hand Size: 9¼” (5°)

Biography: The son of Andre Harrison, who played defensive line for Ole Miss in the 1990s, Anton Harrison began his athletic life as a basketball player and transitioned to football when he enrolled at Archbishop Carroll High in Washington DC. The star recruit chose the Sooners over Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State and Ole Miss. He made 23 starts at left tackle and one start at right tackle over the past two seasons for Oklahoma. In 2022, he allowed one sack, no quarterback hits and eight quarterback runs on 424 pass-blocking plays.

Statistics to know: Harrison helped his running backs gain 3.8 yards per contact through his gap per attempt in 2022, tied with Florida’s Richard Gouraige for the best in the nation among draft-eligible tackles.

Strengths: With any offensive lineman, you’ll want to see how he recovers from those reps that start off potentially disastrous. Harrison has the overall technical strength to bounce back from a loss, and he has a good sense of how to make the most of early bumps in the fall. He’s not always pretty, but he gets the job done for the most part when pushed back or countered.

When he’s on point with his technique, Harrison deals effectively with acrobatics and games – he’s aware and not overwhelmed most of the time, and there’s usually a good finishing kick to his style of play, especially when it’s time to run the ball.

Harrison’s “peripheral ability” is also clear in the passing game, and he blocked most of Oklahoma’s deep pass attempts last season very well.

Weaknesses: As technically accurate as he can be most of the time, Harrison will simply lose his bearings from time to time. He will overextend himself, isn’t always accurate with his hands, and will lose power and placement when he’s guessing and waving.

Conclusion: It sounds weird to say, but when you think of an offensive tackle as “boring,” it’s really a compliment. You want consistency above all in position, and most coaches would take that over surprising, hard-hitting plays alternated with plays where you’re not quite sure what the player is doing. Yes, Harrison has irregularities where he performs in ways you’d rather he didn’t, but overall, he’s probably the most underrated tackle in this class. Consistency is a big part of that.

NFL comparison: David Bakhtiari. The Packers’ fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft is one of my automatic compensations for any smaller offensive lineman who can transcend that and make it look easy at the NFL level, and Harrison is going off the bus to his first minicamp with that. ability. If he can stay within himself and make the most of his prized athletic traits, he very well could be the best pass blocker in this class.


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