4. C Nick Harris – No. 53
- Drafted: Round 5, Pick 160
- 2020 PFF: 51.3
- 2020 Stats: 12 games, one start
- 2021 PFF: 70.0
- 2021 Stats: 11 games, one start
- Grade: C-
- Career Stats: 23 games, two starts
The first year for Nick Harris went bout as bad as can be expected. He didn’t get a lot of time at center but did make one start at guard and he got obliterated. His limited times as a rookie made his prospects going forward very bad, as he was arguably the worst-performing rookie of the class next to Jacob Phillips.
Yet, Harris took arguably the biggest leap in 2021. While he again didn’t get a lot of reps, his lone start at center saw him absolutely impress against the Packers and get people talking about his potential.
His limited time playing on the line is hurting his prospects, as he has to get reps to prove he can play with the starters. Unlike other positions, offensive linemen don’t see a lot of time if they’re not starters. It’s easy to put in a second or third-string running back and receiver for a few reps to see what they can do, but that’s not really an option at front.
So the only real way we’re going to see if Harris really has what it takes is if J.C. Tretter is released from his contract or retires. Since he’s not looking to retire, Harris may have to get used to riding the bench for a bit, which is going to hurt his prospects.