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LA Rams Malik Harrison
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Ohio State linebacker Harrison

The LA Rams project to take serious losses at linebacker with the losses of both OLB Dante Fowler Jr. and ILB Cory Littleton.  Despite some hopeful backups on the roster, the Rams cannot resist adding Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Harrison plays an interior linebacker role for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 246-pounds, Harrison has the right measurables to fit the NFL role.  While he had a slow start to his NCAA career, his senior season has placed him firmly on the radar of NFL teams. In fact, he was listed by FanSided’s With the First Pick’s Cory Kinnan as one of five underrated draft prospects in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.

The game of football seemed to slow down for him in his last dozen and a half games. He flows to the ball and sheds blockers along the way. He has a good tackling technique and rarely misses a ball carrier once he makes contact. He has developed an instinct for where the ball is designed to go and shoots the gap to tackle for a loss with a quick eruption into the hole.

He needs coaching up for his coverage skills. He has a sense of zone defense but doesn’t key off receiver routes to know who he should cover or where to anticipate the pass.  He fills the Rams need for better run defense from day one, but to round out to a three-down player, he’ll need some work on pass coverage. Harrison will join the linebackers Group three, scheduled to arrive at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, February 25th.

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