New York Jets Film Room – Jarvis Harrison

Mike Nolan steps into the TOJ Film Room to break down New York Jets 5th round rookie, offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison

Mike Nolan continues our film room breakdown of New York Jets 2015 draft picks today with a look at 5th round offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison. Previously, we have broken down Leonard Williams, Devin Smith, Bryce Petty and Lorenzo Mauldin. Here is a link to all our film room breakdowns this off-season, as well. Let’s take a closer look at Harrison and how he projects at the next level…

The Numbers: 6-4, 330 pounds, 5.19 forty yard dash, 26 Bench Press Reps, 7.51 3 Cone Drill, 4.62 20 Yard Shuttle.

College Career: Harrison started 37 games (29 at LG, 4 at RG, and 4 at LT) for Texas A&M over his four seasons, getting playing time since his redshirt freshman year. In those four seasons, the Aggies were one of the most prolific offenses in the country, ranking in the top 10 in nearly every category. He played on one of the most star studded offensive lines in recent college football history with the likes of first round picks Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, and Ced Ogbuehi. His dedication has been called into question throughout his career and many say that he was benched for a couple games in 2014 for inability to get in shape after surgery.

What Others Had To Say: There aren’t too many good OL guys out there, but I was able to talk to two guys whose opinions I really respect: Lance Zierlein and Duke Manyweather. Please be sure to give those guys a follow on twitter.

Jarvis has great feet and athleticism for his size which comes from his high school basketball background. What Jarvis has to do now is commit to the sport. I’m not talking about on Sundays, I’m talking about all of the other days. If he can learn to be a pro and become a better finisher as a blocker, the sky is the limit for him. – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com and Co-Owner of The Sideline View

Jarvis Harrison could be a very good OG. Shows feet & technique/Skill-set. Love his ability to create space in pass-pro, which gives him room to work vs quicker defenders that try to get up field! The issue that sticks out on film to me is that he doesn’t always look like he gives 100% effort. Don’t know if it’s conditioning or mentality. But the coach in me goes back to, if I have to coach your effort or attitude, 9-times out of 10 you can’t play for me! – Duke Manyweather, Scouting/Performance Consultant

Strengths

Great footwork and athleticism, as shown by his 7.51 three cone drill which was one of the top times at the Scouting Combine. Better in pass protection than given credit for. Does a nice job of keeping his feet moving and has a knack for resetting his punch when he needs to. Does a nice job picking up twists/stunts/blitzes. Utilizes a hip toss technique to finish and recover when he stops his feet. Pulling footwork is outstanding. Has versatility as he has played three positions on the line (LT, LG, and RG) and in the backfield on short yardage.

Weaknesses

Isn’t overly physical. Hand placement isn’t great when run blocking. Is not much of a finisher. Often stops feet on contact in the run game, allowing defenders to play a side and get off his block. Doesn’t move defenders vertically; only laterally. Shows inconsistent bend which leads to ineffective hip usage. Doesn’t bring hips through defender when he pulls. Has a tendency to lose his base and bring his feet too close together. Seems to get lazier as the game goes on. Has earned criticism for laziness and weight management.

The Film
Harrison is adept at picking up blitzes, twists, and stunts. This is a great example as he comes off helping the center to pick up the blitzing LB.

Here is a prime example of the finesse style blocking Harrison uses in the zone blocking scheme. Harrison generally tries to get lateral movement and very rarely moves the defender vertically. This could be something they teach at A&M, but I would like to see more vertical push and have him stay on the block longer.

Below is a good example of his ability to pull. He uses excellent skip pull technique however, I would like to see him bring his hips through the LB and don’t let him off this block after first contact.


Again Harrison does a good job picking up this crazy pressure from Ole Miss, but he has a tendency to lose his base and bring his feet too close together. Here it results in him getting run over (or tripping over the center) and the defender getting a free run at the QB.

How does he fit with Jets?

Schematically, Chan Gailey’s offense is not that dissimilar from what Texas A&M ran. The big changes are that Harrison will have to learn some more complex pass blocking schemes and utilize combination blocks a lot more in zone blocking, but all in all he will have a solid base of knowledge on which to build.

It’s well documented that there is a log jam of questionable and unproven guards on the Jets’ roster. As it has been for the past few years with these mid round guards, the expectations should be pretty low in year one. While Dakota Dozier needed a “redshirt” season to get used to NFL caliber competition, Harrison can use one to get in an NFL strength and conditioning program to figure out the work he will have to put in to be successful. The Jets have a different regime in place, so I’m not sure how they will approach a guy like Harrison, but I would not be surprised to see him as a healthy scratch this year.

Final Analysis

Harrison is a true boom or bust prospect and the Jets drafted him in the 5th round because of his potential. He could be a Pro Bowl caliber player or he could be out of the league in a couple years. Harrison has a world of ability and is probably the most athletic interior offensive lineman the Jets currently have on their roster. I don’t know Harrison. I can only go off of what scouts and coaches have said in the past about his dedication to the sport. If his twitter is any indication he seems to be working hard and excited to play for the Jets. What is said on Twitter and what is going on in reality are not always the same, however. So, the main question is: Will Harrison be willing to put in the work both on and off the field to reach his potential?

He needs to put in the work off the field to be in NFL shape and he needs to put in the work on the field in order to put forth consistent effort and leave his lazy habits in the past. Physically he has everything it takes to be a career starter in the NFL. He has size, athleticism, strength as well as field awareness and intelligence. If he is willing to put in the work, and it may take a year to get there, I don’t see why Harrison couldn’t be starting for this team very soon.

Author: Mike "Tiny" Nolan

Mike is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he was a team captain and All-American Center on the football team. Mike is a former NFL Films employee where he was a PA for the NFL Network shows Playbook and Total Access. He also worked at NBC Sports and now does some free lance producing for them. He lives in the Philadelphia area where he is a football coach at The Haverford School.