Possesses a long set of arms and strong hands, but at times will struggle to bring a throw in off his frame. Also, despite the fact he does a nice job recognizing the blitz and working as the hot man underneath, he needs to do a better job snapping his head around and locating the football quickly. Is a tough kid to bring down after the catch. Is powerful and shifty with the ball in his hands. A natural runner who knows how to break tackles, accelerate and run to daylight. Will finish runs and isn't afraid to mix it up. Also works on special teams as a return man and his combination of acceleration, shiftiness and feel gives him a chance to return kicks in the NFL as well. Works from both the slot and on the outside, but seems better suited to play inside, set up corners and use his short-area quickness and fluid route-running ability to separate and create.
Impression: Isn't a big-time draft pick because he lacks ideal size/speed numbers. But will find a home in the league and could contribute early for an NFL team from the slot/special teams."
Harris redshirted as a freshman and proved himself a threat as a runner (20 carries, 197 yards, one touchdown), receiver (26-246-2) and punt returner (8.1-yard average) in 2007. In 2008, he led the Pirates in receiving (58-654-1), rushed for 76 more yards and averaged 23.5 yards per kickoff return, starting five times but missing the last four games with a broken foot.
As a junior, Harris was named first-team All-Conference USA as a receiver (83-978-7), rushed for 149 yards and five scores and was second-team all-conference as a returner after returning three kickoffs to the end zone (27.0-yard average on 37 returns). He capped off his ECU career by winning C-USA MVP honors because of the offense's reliance on him (101-1,123-10 receiving) and special teams (19-222 on punt returns, 41-839 on kick returns).
Originally signed as a quarterback out of high school, Harris' ability to make people miss -- or run them over -- in the open field forced coaches to get the ball in his hands any way they could. His work in the Wildcat at ECU could especially pique the interest of NFL teams utilizing that formation, but all coaches and scouts like his hands, strength and elusiveness as an all-purpose threat. Whether he lines up in the backfield or the slot at the next level, he could earn plenty of touches.
Strengths: Very strong runner after the catch with a decent burst and good vision in the open field. Often used as a Wildcat quarterback, on reverses or misdirection handoffs to take advantage of his abilities. Gets low and brings his shoulder to run over would-be tacklers. Keeps his legs moving after initial contact. Spins off tackles inside and falls/dives forward for additional yardage; sniffs the goal line and first-down markers. Willing to go over the middle and take the big hit. Makes circus catches. Fights off defenders in traffic; usually wins the battle for the ball. Tough runner on punt and kickoff returns and doesn't go down on first contact.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite straight-line speed the explosiveness to beat man coverage. Usually lines up in the slot and doesn't face much press coverage. Fumbles the ball too often when holding it loosely (four in 2010). Passes will get through his hands into his body on occasion; must improve getting his hands into position before the ball arrives. Raw as a route-runner but has the quick feet and athleticism to succeed with more effort and coaching. Used on a lot of quick screens to get the ball in his hands easily. On-field attitude may earn him some big hits by opponents or get him penalized by NFL officials. Lacks elite speed as a returner, but could succeed with top-notch blocking.
Positive: Smallish, underneath receiver who offers versatility as a return specialist. Displays quickness into routes, nicely makes catches in stride, and adjusts to errant throws. Comes back to the ball to make himself an available target and uses his hands to catch the ball away from his body. Makes the difficult catch with defenders draped on him. Displays good quickness.
Negative: One-speed receiver who cannot run to daylight in the open field. Gets lazy running routes on occasion. Looked poor during the Senior Bowl, dropping a large number of passes.
Analysis: Harris has been ultra-productive the past two seasons and projects as a fourth receiver in the NFL but must produce on special teams."
Negatives: Has just average speed, will not beat a lot of corners deep... Below-average leaping ability, not great at going up for jump balls... Has some minor injury concerns, had a foot injury in 2008 that caused him to miss the last four games of the year... Rather small, listed at 6'0, but probably closer to 5'10... Not a deep threat, his long plays come on yards after the catch... Will not be a number one or two option, more of a role player... Stats may be inflated by East Carolina's spread offense that focused on getting him the ball in space."
Strengths: Plays faster than his numbers will indicate. C-USA defenders have been clueless trying to cover his routes. Excellent discipline, intelligent player that will absorb an NFL playbook easily. Good footwork, and sells the dig route exceptionally well. Capable of breaking tackles.
Weaknesses: Hands have been suspect throughout the season. Caught a ton of passes, but was thrown to significantly more than any other receiver on the roster. Timed numbers at the combine may cause him to slip.
Projection: I'm putting Dwayne in the 5th round right now. He has more potential to slip down the boards, as his combine will likely be challenging for him."
The following year he was returning a majority of the kick-offs and turned into a very dangerous receiver, catching a team high 58 passes. By the time he was an upperclassman, Harris was earning all-conference accolades. The 2009 season was a very special one for Harris. On top of his amazing 83 catches for 978 yards and seven touchdowns, he returned 37 kick-offs for a smooth 1,000 yards and three more scores.
Harris is generously listed at 6-0 and his lack of size will be an issue come draft time. However, Harris has proven to be a very productive player and should be a fine third or fourth wide receiver on most teams and a dynamic returnman from day one. Without the threat of being a top receiver, Harris' stock is not too high, but he should be a solid third or fourth round selection."
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