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Montel Harris, RB

School: Temple  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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42531-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.572.571.5919 32 1/29'5"4.186.95
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

He is more of a glider lacks the thick frame needed to be an inside runner and tends to run at one speed instead of displaying a burst.

But in an NFL zone-blocking scheme, which allows him to use his football intelligence, patience and instincts to find cutback lanes, his pass protection and receiving skills could come in handy as a reserve third-down back.

His vision and feel as a runner is evident with the quickness to elude defenders, but his baggage might be too much.

He has a history of knee issues as well, missing all of last season and reinjuring his knee this past spring.

Player Overview

A member of the Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2011 season, Harris already held the record for most carries in Boston College history (760) entering the year.

After he initially committed to Duke University, Harris changed his decision after the new Duke coaching staff suggested he switch to defense. A High School teammate of former Clemson running back Jamie Harper, Harris also has a black belt in karate.

After enrolling a semester early, Harris set the BC freshman rushing record in 2008 with 900 yards. He played in 13 games, averaging five yards per carry, scoring six touchdowns (five rushing and one receiving) and returning 20 kickoffs for 413 yards (20.7 avg).

In 2009, Harris started all 12 games, earning second-team All-ACC and SI.com All-American honors after picking up 1457 yards on 308 carries with 14 touchdowns. His production as a receiver dropped, however, from 20 receptions for 160 yards as a freshman to eight for 69 yards.

Harris garnered first-team All-ACC as a junior, rushing for 1,243 yards on 269 carries and eight touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the season due to torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Despite setting the Boston College all-time rushing mark, Harris was dismissed from the program in May after several team violations, transferring to Temple in July and earning immediate eligibility.

While he still has work to do before he earns a draftable grade, Harris helped his cause with a strong end to the 2012 season.

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04/08/2013 - 2013 Temple Pro Day: Temple's Montel Harris can follow in Bernard Pierce's footsteps...Representatives from 16 NFL teams gathered at Temple's pro day on March 21, where 11 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. The 40-yard dashes were run at first against the wind, and then a second time with the wind.

Montel Harris, RB (5-foot-8 1/8, 207 pounds) - Harris - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds against the wind and 4.56 seconds with the wind. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and stood on his 9-foot-5 broad jump effort from the combine). He did the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. He also performed 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Last year, Temple had three players selected, including running back Bernard Pierce, who went in the third round and was a factor in the Baltimore Ravens' run to victory in Super Bowl XLVII. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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