DFF Draft Coverage: Christian Harris

Christian Harris | Alabama 6’0.5” 226 lbs. | 1/16/2001 (Age 21)

Christian Harris - Football - University of Alabama Athletics

Christian Harris was drafted with the 11th pick of the third round by the Houston Texans, becoming the sixth off-ball linebacker and 75th overall player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

As a true freshman, Christian Harris was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, starting 12 of 13 appearances (63 tackles, 7.5 for loss). Harris played through a shoulder injury during the Crimson Tide’s run to the 2020 national championship, making 79 tackles, seven TFLs, 4.5 sacks, and one INT. He started all 15 games of the 2021 season, again making 79 stops, 12.5 TFLs, and 5.5 sacks. He also recorded three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Harris has shown reliability and toughness throughout his collegiate career.

ATHLETIC TESTING

Harris performed well in the 40-yard dash, recording a 4.44 time. He jumped 34.5” and 132” in the vertical and broad jumps, respectively, before choosing not to participate in any more NFL Combine tests. Harris moves well sideline-to-sideline and is a capable defender in coverage. 

DRAFT ANALYSIS

Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Average

Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Great

Christian Harris was selected with the 75th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

FANTASY INSIGHTS

As a chase-and-hit, weakside linebacker, where he can play in space and without O-linemen in his grill, Harris could excel. The early declare started every season he played at Alabama, which is an impressive feat. He can do basic things as a defender in coverage but will struggle with athletic TEs or the top receiving backs in the game. Harris goes to a situation in Houston where he can come in and compete immediately for a starting position. Head Coach Lovie Smith’s history of primarily utilizing “Tampa-Two” coverage should benefit Harris. This landing spot with Houston gives him value in IDP leagues and makes him a draftable candidate, who should start coming off the board in the late-third to early-fourth rounds of IDP dynasty rookie drafts. 

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