Cowboys Draft Target: Alabama RB Damien Harris

NAME: Damien Harris

POSITION: Running Back

SCHOOL: Alabama


CLASS: Senior

JERSEY: No. 34


HT: 5'10”

WT: 216

D.O.B.: 2/11/1997

Rushing Rushing Rushing Rushing Receiving Receiving Receiving Receiving Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2015 Alabama SEC FR RB 10 46 157 3.4 1 4 13 3.3 0 50 170 3.4 1
*2016 Alabama SEC SO RB 15 146 1037 7.1 2 14 99 7.1 2 160 1136 7.1 4
*2017 Alabama SEC JR RB 14 135 1000 7.4 11 12 91 7.6 0 147 1091 7.4 11
*2018 Alabama SEC SR RB 15 150 876 5.8 9 22 204 9.3 0 172 1080 6.3 9
Career Alabama 477 3070 6.4 23 52 407 7.8 2 529 3477 6.6 25



Damien Harris is a four-year senior and one of the more exciting and productive running backs in the 2019 draft class. He shows some traits on film that make you want to jump up out of your chair and it's that skill set that should get him on the field early as a rookie. He is not only a three-down back, but might just be the most pro-ready RB coming out this year.

Harris is scheme diverse and would be equally effective in a gap or zone blocking scheme. He is patient with his approach to the line of scrimmage and does a good job of altering his pace to allow his lineman to set up their blocks. He shows good footwork on film and has a devastating jump cut to evade defenders. Good vision to see cut back lanes and has a good feel for where defenders are coming from. Gets up to speed quickly and gets skinny to work through the trash. Physical runner capable of handling short yardage situations. No ball security issues. Only three fumbles in 557 touches.

Can be a threat in the . Shows natural hands catching the ball out of the backfield. Has shown the ability to extend and catch the ball away from his frame. Tracks the ball well down the field and catches it over his shoulder. More than capable of handling pass protection duties. Good at identifying blitzes and shows good technique when squaring up to pick them up. Also shows good height when cut blocking. Not a lot of wear-and-tear because he shared the load during his time at Alabama.


Damien Harris may be one of the most complete and pro-ready running backs in the entire 2019 draft class, but he may have already peaked as a player. There's not a lot of areas in his game that needs developing, which is a good thing, but what you see could be what you get with him.

Harris' short, compact frame looks to be already maxed out physically and doesn't show much room for growth. He shows some hip tightness on film which limits his ability to shake defenders in the open field. Not very elusive either. Prefers to try and run over defenders instead of evading them. Lacks top-end speed and acceleration. This could limit his ability to capture the on outside runs in the NFL. Can pick up chunk yardage, but will get ran down behind.

Worst-case scenario, Harris is nothing more than a jack-of-all- running back in the NFL. He is scheme diverse, but likely fits best in a system that values a lot of inside rushing yardage. His lack of acceleration and top-end speed limits his ability to run outside the box, meaning fit might mean everything for his success at the next level.

Cowboys Fit:

Damien Harris would be a tremendous fit with the Dallas Cowboys. He would be less of a backup to and more of a co-starter. His particular skill set fits in perfectly with the Cowboys mix of zone and gap blocking scheme. He is someone who can definitely help lighten the load on Zeke's shoulders as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He is a complete three-down back and if paired with Elliott, would give the Cowboys the best RB duo in the NFL. This would allow them to stick to their run first mentality and continue to pound away at opposing defenses to wear them down throughout the ballgame. Harris' addition could also give them a little leverage in contract negotiations with Zeke when that time comes.


Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

I really like Harris, he’d be an ideal backup to Zeke, but I don’t see a scenario where he’s around for the Cowboys to get him. TE, S, and DT are more pressing needs, especially with backs like Montgomery and Yeldon out there in FA still. On top of that, for whatever reason, be it value or looking ahead, we seem quite interested in the WR’s of this class, so I don’t see a RB being taken before the 5th


Boy, IMO 25 years ago this guy would have been a First Round pick. Just shows how much the RB position has fallen. QB, OT, DE, DT & WR have all been the most consistent positions picked in Round 1 of the draft. I doubt this guy will fall to the 4th Round or later but if he does, Big D should grab him and not look back. I don’t think they’d use a higher pick on a RB but we really do need another stud in the backfield, not only to lessen Zeke’s load but in case of, God forbid, an injury to Zeke. I’m not concerned about him not being able to develop further, which I think is a wrong supposition, because he’s ready to play now and play well. That’s precisely why I think a RB-needy team will snap him up before we pick in the 4th. I hope I’m wrong.

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