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 by Elvis
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7. JACOB HARRIS | UCF 6050 | 219 lbs. | rSR. Palm Harbor, Fla. (Palm Harbor) 4/16/1997 (age 24.04)

BACKGROUND: Jacob Harris grew up outside of Tampa with the dreams of playing professional soccer. He attended Palm Harbor University High School and helped lead the soccer team to a district championship as a senior, scoring five goals. With zero football experience, Harris was talked into joining the football team at Palm Harbor as a senior in 2014, lining up at safety and kick returner. In his first season of football, Harris recorded 46 tackles and two interceptions, adding two kick returns for touchdowns. Harris committed to play collegiate soccer at Florida Gulf Coast, but he had a change of heart after his one year of high school football, lasting only one week at FGC. He was able to find a preferred walk-on football opportunity at Western Kentucky and redshirted in 2015. However, he was homesick and returned to Palm Harbor to figure out the next step. Harris sat out the 2016 season and helped coach the JV team at Palm Harbor while he looked for the next opportunity. He was set to transfer to South Florida or Florida International before coaching changes altered those plans. Instead, he received a walk-on spot from Scott Frost at UCF. After a year on the scout team, Harris was awarded a scholarship midway through the 2018 season as a standout on special teams. He accepted his invitation to the 2021 College Gridiron Showcase.

YEAR (GP/GS) REC YDS AVG TD NOTES
2015: Redshirt Western Kentucky
2016: Out of football
2017: (0/0) 0 0 0.0 0 UCF
2018: (13/0) 0 0 0.0 0 UCF
2019: (13/4) 19 448 23.6 1 UCF
2020: (10/7) 30 539 18.0 8 UCF
Total: (36/11) 49 987 20.1 9

HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP

COMBINE N/A (Not invited)
PRO DAY 6050 219 33 1/2 9 1/2 81 1/4 4.40 2.45 1.60 40 1/2 11’1” 4.31 6.51 15

STRENGTHS: Impressive height/weight/speed athlete…has a moldable frame with above-average arm length…quickly eats up cushion with his strong, long strides to win downfield (20.4% of his career catches resulted in a 40-plus yard play)…has springs in his legs to elevate and make catches over defenders…able to turn midair and spear the football…accelerates well off his plant foot to create pockets of separation…does a nice job engaging as a blocker and quickly working his feet and hips into position…has the temperament needed to block at a high level…UCF coaches have praised his work ethic and “get better every day” mindset…special teams standout (10 career tackles).

WEAKNESSES: His only football experience before college was one year at safety in high school…college slot receiver and lacks inline experience…understands the blocking basics, but his base strength and body mechanics can be improved…too many focus drops on his tape (nine over the last two seasons)…can be fazed by crowded targets and still learning how to use his body…linear route-runner and still learning the details of the position…needs to improve his understanding of coverages and concepts…plays competitive, but still learning how to be a better finisher…older prospect and will be 24 years old on draft weekend.

SUMMARY: A two-year starter at UCF, Harris was a slot receiver in former head coach Josh Heupel’s spread offense. A former soccer player, he didn’t catch a pass in a game (at any level) until his junior year at UCF in 2019, but he emerged as a quality weapon with 71.4% of his 49 career grabs resulting in a first down. Harris plays with controlled burst and long strides to challenge defensive backs, flashing potential to run the full tight end route tree. In order to make it at the next level, he must improve his focus and finish as both a pass-catcher and blocker. Overall, Harris faces obvious growing pains and is older than ideal for a developmental prospect, but his blend of size and athleticism is rare and his special teams skills will keep him on an NFL roster as he develops. Several teams view him as a tight end while others grade him at wide receiver.

GRADE: 5th Round

 by PARAM
2 weeks ago
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Flash wrote::?

Don’t get this one…


This is a special athlete according to most of the talking heads.

But what a contrast, eh?

Tutu 5'9" 155 lbs
Harris 6'5" 219 lbs.

Sean McVay upon arriving in L.A. - "you can't have too many weapons"!!

 by 69RamFan
2 weeks ago
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United States of America   LA CA by way of NY/NJ
Pro Bowl

Apparently this kid has the size and speed....

6-5 with 4.4 speed...

The second WR picked in this draft??? and still passing on some top three good centers at 57 that would of been able to start.....

It looks like the RAMs FO/Coaching staff feel they have their center on the roster...

 by JackPMiller
2 weeks ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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Do the Rams care about the OLine? Jeesh.

This is feeling like we could be seeing Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in their last years, after this season.

 by Elvis
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Rams TE Jacob Harris – Media Availability – May 1, 2021

(On his reaction to receiving the call)

“I was trying to hold back some tears, but I mean, I was just excited. That’s the best way to put it, just excited and the nerves in the stomach went away.”

(On being listed as a receiver and tight end and if he knows what position he will play at the pro level)
“Who knows. I’m open to playing and being used wherever I’m needed and that’s just kind of my mindset going into this, is wherever I’m needed to play, whether that’s receiver, tight end, I’m open to doing that and diving in.”


(On if he had much contact with the Rams going through this process)

“I did. Yeah. I had a couple of contacts with them, here and there, mostly talking to (Tight Ends/Pass Game Coordinator) Coach (Wes) Phillips and whatnot. And some of the other organizations, team organizations over there, but yeah, I had some decent contact with the Rams.”


(On who is with him today and what his initial reaction was to seeing the LA area code)

“Oh, I’ve got a lot of family and then close friends here, small group, decent sized group with me. The reaction was, once I got the phone call everyone just, TV went down, everyone got silent and then I mean, once I was able to get off the phone and say I’m going to be a Ram, it was just ecstatic. The whole room just lit up.”

(On if he spoke with Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamilis and what he can contribute to special teams)

“Yeah, definitely. I definitely spoke with the Ram special teams for a little bit and that’s one thing that I think I’m most excited about in the league, is getting the opportunity to get back out there on special teams, especially those cover teams. I really enjoy it and I’d go in there with a full heart.”

(On explaining his role on special teams further in depth)

“My role, especially throughout UCF, I started on all four special teams, so just getting down the field, trying to make a play on the ball carrier, whether that’s kickoff cover or punt and then I also played punt return and kickoff return blocking as well. So I’ve got experience in both of those areas and I feel like I’m ready to just utilize those at the next level.”



(On if he can tackle)

“Yes.”





(On the process of receiving phone calls from the teams and the conversations were like with the Rams over the last couple of weeks)

“The conversations were just mainly that the Rams were really excited about me, excited just from watching my film, what I bring to the table. For me, I’m just excited to get in the building and I’m ready to develop and put forth my best efforts in there and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of my potential, so there’s a lot more football left in me and I feel like I’m an immediate impact on special teams.”



(On what kind of questions did the Rams ask him)

“I guess, just general questions – as far as, would I be willing to do you know something that I haven’t really done and whatnot. So yeah, of course I’m definitely hoping to do whatever’s asked of me and with no questions asked about it.”

(On how nerve wracking the last 24 hours has been for him)

“Oh, man. I tried to stay cool, calm and collected, but I have to admit towards the end of the fourth round, I was starting to get nervous in my stomach, a little antsy. I’m just so thankful I ended up getting the call.”



(On his background in soccer and his transition to football)

“I’ve played forward/right-wing or left-wing growing up. I played competitive soccer my whole life pretty much. I was traveling every weekend for soccer tournaments, soccer games across the state of Florida and then, even sometimes we did tournaments in other states like Colorado, North Carolina or something like that. So soccer was very big for me growing up and I didn’t get into football until my senior year of high school and I actually played free safety my first year of high school. I did a little bit of everything. I did wildcat QB, slot receiver, jet sweeps, I was a kickoff returner, I also did kickoff as well. So my first year of football, I kind of got to experience a little bit of everything and then college was my first time actually playing receiver and going out there catching the ball. I started off at Western Kentucky, had some stuff going on back home, so I tried to move myself back home closer to Florida to be closer to family and pursue my football dreams there. Luckily I landed at UCF with a walk-on opportunity. And then from there, just grinded every day, approached special teams with an open mind and willingness to get it done and that just projected me into each role of receiver and whatnot that I got at UCF.”

(On what prompted the switch to football from soccer)

“Oh, my good friend, Wyatt Wilson. Going into, I believe it was my summer going into senior year, he just convinced me to try out for the football team and I did it and just from there it took off. I never looked back and I’ve got to say my heart was just fully invested in football from that point on. I was pretty much done with soccer at that point.”



(On elaborating on the Rams asking if he was willing to do things that he hasn’t done before)

“Just anything, really. Because I’m newer to football, I’ve only been playing five years. I started on all four special teams before. I played a little bit of tight end at UCF, but as far as that, I think they’re just trying to gauge how open I was to being versatile, because I believe that’s kind of the role I had at UCF and I think they were just wanting to see if I would approach that same role at the next level and you know I will. I’ll go wherever.”



(On the possibility to catch passes from QB Matthew Stafford)

“Oh, that excites me. I can’t wait. I’ve only dreamed of that. I mean, I remember watching Matthew Stafford throwing a Megatron, so that’s things that only people can dream of.”

 by PARAM
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(On if he can tackle)

“Yes.”


Love it.

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