The 2017 college season begins months from now. But, the 2018 Fueled by Sports NFL mock draft already projects Alabama free safety, Ronnie Harrison, as a first round draft choice in the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Alabama #15
Position: Free Safety
40 Time: 4.69
- Also played quarterback in high school.
- 86 tackles made him second on the Alabama Crimson Tide for tackles in 2016.
- Harrison will have the luxury of playing in the same secondary as another potential first round draft choice Minkah Fitzpatrick.
- Fitzpatrick’s move to cornerback makes Harrison the quarterback of the Alabama secondary according to Bama Hammer.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Currently, the NFL Draft Board shows Ronnie Harrison as an early second round draft choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. Although the Fueled by Sports 2018 NFL mock draft believes Harrison has the potential to reach the first round.
Crimson Tide first rounders
Although the NFL Draft Board shows Harrison as a second round draft choice at the moment, don’t bet against him to make the first round.
First of all, Harrison has the frame the NFL likes. The Seattle Seahawks in particular like 6-3 defensive backs.
Secondly, Nick Saban has a habit of jamming up the first round of the NFL draft with the Crimson Tide. The 2017 NFL draft should be another stockpile of Crimson Tide first rounders.
Finally, the way the Crimson Tide defense is set for 2017, Ronnie Harrison should have plenty of opportunity to showcase his talents.
At some point Alabama opponents usually end up throwing the ball towards the end of the game when they need to take chances to score points. At that time the defensive line gets to pin its ears back.
Da’Shawn Hand and Da’Ron Payne anchor the Alabama defensive line and both appear in the first round of some 2018 NFL mock drafts. This puts pressure on the quarterback who is now throwing into a secondary that has Minkah Fitzpatrick, a potential top ten pick of the 2018 NFL draft, and Ronnie Harrison.
You see where this is going. And, it isn’t good for the opposing offense. Hand and Payne get sacks. And Fitzpatrick and Harrison get interceptions.
No, don’t be surprised if Harrison is a first round draft choice in the 2018 NFL draft.