2017 NFL DRAFT

Eli Harold, OLB

School: Virginia  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 247 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3531-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.691.61- 3510'3"4.167.07

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Player Overview

Despite the Virginia football program averaging under four wins per season the past three years, the Cavaliers' defense has several intriguing prospects, most notably Harold, who decided to declare early for the 2015 NFL Draft. After serving as a freshman backup, he started every game the last two seasons, combining for 36.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks over his career.

Harold, who lined up as a defensive end and linebacker in Virginia's multiple 3-4 scheme, is a good-sized athlete with movement skills and if there was one word to accurately describe his game, it would be "active." He doesn't always have a plan and needs to better marry together his athleticism, power and technique, but defensive coordinators simply need to give him direction and then wind him up and let him loose.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Quick starter out of his stance with burst and long-striding acceleration. Launches himself like a track athlete from his three point stance, keeping his pad level low with proper leverage. Agile feet to sidestep blockers in space and terrific speed in pursuit to chase down ballcarriers. The motor never quits, always going full-speed to the ball until the whistle. Does a nice job re-setting his eyes after his initial rush doesn't work, showing natural dip to turn the corner around the tackle without slowing down. He is at his best when using his length to extend, lock out and drive blockers backwards. Productive career with 24 starts under his belt.

WEAKNESSES: Lean and lanky build with average bulk and needs to develop his upper and lower body strength. Rushes too upright and needs to show more consistent bend. Average functional power and needs to more consistently avoid bodies near the line of scrimmage, too easily slowed by contact. Better pass rusher than run defender and needs to do a better job holding the edge. Hand technique needs work to better stack-and-shed and untie himself from blockers. Hyperactive and needs to be more efficient with his movements to eliminate wasted momentum. Will get too far upfield at times and creates more ground to cover for himself. Shows flashes of burst, pop and pass rush moves, but doesn't consistently marry his athleticism, power and technique together from snap-to-snap. Limited experience dropping in space or playing in reverse.

COMPARES TO: Ezekiel Ansah, Lions -- Going by simply the size measurements, they are very different players, but Harold shows flashes of a smaller version of Ansah with his natural athleticism, length and raw skill-set. Harold is unlikely to be a top-five pick like Ansah, but there is similar intrigue.

--Dane Brugler

 
 
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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 3/79 -- Eli Harold, OLB, 6-3, 247, Virginia...The 49ers consider Harold to be a little like their two current front-line outside linebackers -- Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch. They'd like nothing better than for him to be a lot like them. The 49ers are committed to Smith, who has had more than his fair share of off-the-field issues, for only one more year, so Harold might not have to wait long before getting a shot to start. Like Smith and Lynch, his strength is getting to the quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
 

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