5. Damien Harris, Alabama 5-10, 214 (2)
Career Statistics: 477 carries for 3,070 yards (6.4 ypc), 23 TDs, 52 catches for 407 yards, 2 TDs
Why Damien Harris Is Here On The List: Start with this. You know the guy that everyone has fallen in love with in this year’s class? Yeah, Harris started ahead of Josh Jacobs. He was also the man ahead of next year’s likely star prospect running back, Najee Harris.
Damien Harris isn’t the talent that Jacobs, Najee Harris or Brian Robinson are, but he was good enough to be Nick Saban’s trusted guy … to a point. He split time in the rotation and has more than enough tread on the tires to be someone’s lunchpail No. 1 back. He’s not a special NFL back, but there’s little to no bust factor.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Is the explosion there? He has decent size and toughness, and his heart and character aren’t a question. But can he look devastating through the short drills, and can he rip off a good enough 40 to eliminate the questions about his speed?
Bottom Line: There’s no shot for the stars here. He’s a starting NFL running back who’ll be just good enough to carry the load until a more explosive option comes in. He can catch, he won’t give the ball away, and he’ll do whatever is needed. If he sounds boring, that’s not quite fair – he’s reliable.