TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although primarily known for his hard hits, Ronnie Harrison was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2017 and ended up tried for the Alabama lead in tackles with 74. He was picked with the No. 93 pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He also tallied added 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three interceptions.
Considered one of the best safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft, the looming question is if he’ll be selected on the first day or there second.
Here are five things to know about the Crimson Tide safety.
1. Ronnie Harrison posted some impressive numbers
Harrison finished his career with seven interceptions, including the one he returned 58 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee as a sophomore. In six College Football Playoff games he tallied 25 tackles.
2. Ronnie Harrison was considered a quality recruit
As a recruit, Harrison was rated to be a 4-star safety. He was ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 12 safety nationally, and No. 204 overall, but the 28thbest prospect in the state of Florida. The top safety that year was someone who Harrison is still somewhat in the shadow of, Florida State’s Derwin James.
3. Ronnie Harrison grew up in the back yard of another top-notch program
Harrison grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., and went to FSU University School, but had a very good reason for not staying put and joining the Seminoles. “They never offered,” he said. During the season opener against Florida State he made the hit that resulted in a season-ending injury for quarterback Deondre Francois.
4. Ronnie Harrison was a standout player at another position in high school
Harrison also played quarterback as the high school level and threw for 2,076 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception while rushing for1,015 yards and 16 more touchdowns his senior year. He threw for 1,782 yards as a junior in 2013 with 10 touchdowns and 916 yards rushing and 18 scores.
5. Ronnie Harrison’s draft stock may be strongly influenced by a former teammate
Harrison’s draft stock could be directly tied to former teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick, considered by many to be the best defensive back in the draft, and James, the top safety. The sooner they go off the board, the more he’ll stand out, and should Fitzpatrick be selected as a cornerback it can only help his former teammate.
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah described Harrison as “a hulking safety prospect with a nice blend of versatility, toughness and instincts. He also called him “excellent” against the run, adding, “He has a very high batting average as a tackler.”
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