The Patriots took another running back in this draft with the selection of South Carolina’s Kevin Harris. New England drafted Harris with the 183rd pick in the sixth round.
Harris split carries during his time in Columbia but still had a solid career with the Gamecocks finishing with 1,972 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Here is my scouting report on Kevin Harris.
Kevin Harris, 5-10 221, South Carolina
Inside Runner: Runs square and with a good pad level. Hits the hole with a purpose. Grinder. Pushes the pile and can absorb contact and keep moving.
Outside Runner: Patient. Stays on track and can make one cut and accelerate. Finds ways to crease runs and push the pile off tackle as well. Harris won’t take a corner fast but he does a good job of reading linebacker flow and cutting appropriately.
Elusive Runner: Harris is not elusive. He doesn’t make defenders miss, especially in space. He’s a straight line runner.
Power Runner: Runs with a low pad level and is compactly built which allows him to be an effective power runner. Balanced runner who can run effectively on man gap running plays.
Blocker: Does a decent job in pass protection. Competes and is willing mix it up. Needs to pass protect with a lower pad level and do a better job of extending when he’s engaged.
Hands & Routes: Limited reps as a receiver. Could develop in this area playing for the Patriots.
Durability: Harris doesn’t have a ton of Carrie’s on his frame so durability shouldn’t be an issue.
Running Style: Harris is a patient, power runner who runs with good balance and a low pad level.
Final Thoughts: Harris profiles as a back up running back and special teams player. He won’t be a back who leads your team in carries but he can contribute.