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College Eye for the NFL Guy: Justin Harrell

Apr 25, 2007 – 8:55 PM
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Andy Katzer

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NFL scouts think they know him, but they're wrong...

Justin Harrell, defensive tackle, Tennessee

WHAT NFL SCOUTS ARE SAYING

ESPN.com ($): "Harrell is an impressive athlete for his size and he also displays good natural strength. He has never been a great pass rusher and he's also coming off a partially torn biceps that forced him out for the final 10 games of his senior season. However, his rehab went extremely well and he's not expected to have any lingering affects from the injury ... he has the potential to develop into a very good two-down starter in the NFL."

Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide: "A very efficient inside run stopper who could develop into a complete player with further coaching and practical experience. Injury will need to be evaluated ... durability could affect his chances.

PROBABLY GETTING DRAFTED

Originally thought to be an early second-rounder at best, Harrell's draft stock is rising. Depending on how worried GMs are about the season-ending injury Harrell suffered in September, he could go as high as the middle of the first round.

GUY WHO WATCHED HIM FOR FOUR YEARS SAYS



Justin Harrell could have left UT after his junior year and been drafted on the first day. His choice to return to school won him the undying admiration of Vol fans, and his decision to play against Florida with a torn biceps tendon made him a folk legend in Knoxville. Unfortunately, that same injury that solidified his toughness has caused concern about his durability. But the fact that he started 25 games over a little more than two years should answer questions about durability. Besides, the guy played a game with a freakin' torn biceps tendon. If Harrell has fully recovered and stays healthy, he can be the type of stalwart DT that all teams covet.
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