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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Parys Haralson

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 253 | College: Tennessee
 
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Overview

The Southeastern Conference's leading active pass rusher with 21 quarterback sacks, Haralson has a great blend of quickness, energy and explosive hitting ability. The three-year starter encounters massive offensive linemen on a steady basis, but has emerged from most battles victorious.

Haralson was an All-America selection by Borderwars.com, Super Prep, Max Emfinger and Prep Stars as a senior at Madison Central High School. He was a member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen prospects in Mississippi. He was also a two-time Class 5A All-State and three-time All-Metro choice.

Haralson helped Madison Central to the state title as sophomore with a 15-0 record, while his junior (9-2) and senior (10-3) teams also advanced to the playoffs. He recorded 148 tackles, 10 sacks and one interception as a senior. As a junior, Haralson posted 80 tackles, 12 sacks and two interceptions.

As a true freshman, Haralson played in 13 games as a reserve defensive end. He made 25 tackles (14 solos) with a sack and two stops for losses, earning Freshman All-SEC and SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition. He moved into the starting lineup the last 10 games of his sophomore campaign at left defensive end. He registered 44 tackles (30 solos) with 4.5 sacks and led the team while ranking seventh in the conference with 14.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Haralson earned All-SEC second-team honors in 2004. He was in on 43 tackles (34 solos) and ranked fifth in the conference with seven sacks and 13.5 stops for losses. He again picked up All-SEC second-team recognition as a senior. Haralson finished his final season with 45 tackles (33 solos), ranking fourth in the SEC with 8.5 sacks and third with 16.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

In 50 games with the Volunteers, Haralson started 33 times. He recorded 157 tackles (111 solos) and ranks fifth in school history with 21 sacks for minus-145 yards. He finished third on Tennessee's career list with 46.5 stops for losses of 213 yards and registered 44 quarterback pressures. He recovered five fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. He also caused five fumbles and deflected two passes.

Analysis

Positives: Possesses long arms with very good upper body muscle definition, big bubble, thick thighs, wide waist and broad shoulders … Has an explosive short area burst and plays at a high energy level, never giving up on the play, despite generally being outweighed by offensive tackles … Primarily a pass rusher with a quick burst to close …

Has a good swim move to slip off the edge of an offensive tackle and hits with good explosion … Best when making plays working down the line … Has decent field vision and is alert to play action and misdirection … When he breaks off the edge unimpeded, he takes good angles to close in on the pocket … Has the change of direction agility and balance to string plays wide … Maintains speed changing direction and has a knack for squeezing through tight quarters … Can jolt and shock tight ends coming out of his stance and is effective working in space, taking short angles in pursuit.

Negatives: Lacks lower body strength to stack and control … Struggles vs. double teams, as he does not have the anchor to hold ground … Needs to develop better hand strength, as he struggles to disengage … Built more like a linebacker, but has stiff hips and lacks valid feet to come out of his backpedal cleanly … Is easily controlled once a blocker attacks and latches on to his body … Gathers and fails to keep his feet coming out of transition … Has good straight-line short area speed, but will lose acceleration when having to run long distances.

Haralson is an undersized defensive end who constantly struggles to get off blocks due to giving up considerable bulk to offensive lineman. He needs to have a clear lane coming off the edge in order to be effective in his backside pursuit. He is a smart, energetic athlete who plays with a good motor and flashes the ability to crash down the line when he gets an edge on slower linemen.

Haralson is alert to play action and misdirection and has enough lateral range to flatten working down the line, but does not have the sustained speed to be effective working outside the box. He is basically a non-factor working in-line, as he does not have the arm strength or hand placement to keep blockers from attacking his body.

He struggles to stack and shed due to marginal hand usage and is more of a collision-type tackler than one that will wrap and secure. He is an active pass rusher who takes good angles to the ball, but lacks counter moves and tries to avoid blocks too much because of it. When he does this, he takes a wide rush path and it will take him out of the play. He does not have the loose hips to drop off in pass coverage, but will make plays in front of him vs. tight ends and backs.

Haralson is quick to sniff out the ball, but needs a free lane in order to close. He lacks ideal size to be effective vs. the run as a down lineman and his lack of hip snap will prevent him from covering in passing situations. He does have a quick burst off the edge, but must rely on quickness, rather than power, in order to defeat the blocker to get backside pursuit.

Haralson will get a little out of control and outrun plays. He does not have the change of direction agility to quickly recover and is limited as a pass rusher due to a lack of moves. He can bring value on special teams, but appears to be a situational pass rusher, at best.

Career Notes

Ranks fifth in school history with 21 quarterback sacks, topped only by Reggie White (32, 1980-83), Leonard Little (28, 1995-97), Jonathan Brown (25, 1994-97) and Todd Kelly (22.5, 1989-92) … Finished his career second in school history with 44 quarterback pressures, ranking behind Will Overstreet (49, 1998-2001) … His 46.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank third in Tennessee history behind Reggie White (51) and Leonard Little (53) … Tied the school season record with 21 quarterback pressures in 2004, equaling the mark first set by Steve White in 1995.

2005 Season

All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection by the Associated Press … Started all year at left defensive end … Recorded 45 tackles (33 solos) … Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 8.5 sacks for minus-58 yards … Finished third in the SEC with 16.5 stops for losses of 78 yards, the eighth-best season total in school history … Credited with 12 quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles, returning one 17 yards … Had three forced fumbles and deflected a pass.

2005 Game Analysis

Alabama-Birmingham … Held to a pair of assisted tackles in the season opener.

Florida and Vanderbilt … Made four hits in each game.

Louisiana State … Had five solo tackles with three pressures and three stops for losses of 21 yards, including a pair of sacks of QB JaMarcus Russell for minus-18 yards.

Mississippi … Caused a fumble when Haralson sacked QB Michael Spurlock, finishing with four solo tackles, two pressures, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 stops for losses of 5 yards.

Georgia … Stopped tailback Thomas Brown twice for losses of 7 yards, adding two pressures and five solo tackles.

Alabama … Posted seven tackles (4 solos) with a fumble recovery and a pressure … Sacked QB Brodie Croyle twice for minus-17 yards.

South Carolina … Added three solo hits, including one for a 3-yard loss, and deflected a pass.

Notre Dame … Sacked QB Brady Quinn for a 6-yard loss and delivered three tackles with two pressures.

Memphis … Returned a fumble recovery 17 yards and made two tackles.

Kentucky … Closed his career with two forced fumbles when he sacked QB Andre' Woodson twice for minus-14 yards, adding six tackles (5 solos), four stops for losses of 17 yards and a pressure.

2004 Season

All-Southeastern Conference second-team choice … Started 12 games at left defensive end, coming off the bench vs. Georgia … The team captain recorded 43 tackles (34 solos) and ranked second in the conference with seven sacks for minus-36 yards and 13.5 stops for losses of 53 yards … Tied the school single-season record with 21 quarterback pressures … Caused and recovered two fumbles, returning one 18 yards for a touchdown.

2004 Game Analysis

Nevada-Las Vegas … Started the season with four solo tackles and an 8-yard sack of QB Kurt Nantkes.

Florida … Stopped tailback Ciatrick Fason for minus-2 yards and posted four solo hits.

Mississippi … Registered a season-high 10 tackles (9 solos) with five stops for losses of 16 yards, twice sacking QB Ethan Flatt for minus-9 yards.

Alabama … Returned a fumble recovery 18 yards for a touchdown.

South Carolina … Added seven tackles (5 solos), caused a fumble and had three stops for losses of 17 yards, including two sacks of QB Dondrial Pinkins for minus-11 yards.

Vanderbilt … Sacked QB Jay Cutler twice for minus-8 yards, causing a fumble that Haralson recovered on one of those sacks … Added four tackles (3 solos).

Auburn (SEC Championship) … Produced six tackles (5 solos).

Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl) … Finished the season with four tackles (3 solos).

2003 Season

Moved into the starting lineup at left defensive end during the season's fourth game, vs. South Carolina … Finished with 44 tackles (30 solos) … Tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks for minus-36 yards and had 14.5 stops for losses of 62 yards … Recovered a fumble and made 10 quarterback pressures … Also deflected a pass.

2002 Season

Freshman All-SEC pick by the Knoxville News-Sentinel … Earned SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll recognition … Played in 13 games as a reserve defensive end … Came up with 25 tackles (14 solos), a 15-yard sack and two stops for losses of 20 yards … Also had a quarterback pressure.

Injury Report

2003: Underwent foot surgery after the 2002 season (1/01).

2004: Missed most of the Georgia game with a knee sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.73 in the 40-yard dash … 320-pound bench press … 34 1/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Madison Central (Flora, Miss.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Justice … All-America selection by Borderwars.com, Super Prep, Max Emfinger and Prep Stars as a senior … Member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen prospects in Mississippi … Two-time Class 5A All-State and three-time All-Metro choice … Helped Madison Central to the state title as sophomore with a 15-0 record, while his junior (9-2) and senior (10-3) teams also advanced to the playoffs … Recorded 148 tackles, 10 sacks and one interception as a senior … As a junior, Haralson posted 80 tackles, 12 sacks and two interceptions.

Personal

Sociology major … Born Parys Sharron Haralson on 1/24/84 … Resides in Flora, Mississippi.

 
 

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