One of the more surprising 2018 NFL Draft picks for the Jacksonville Jaguars was safety Ronnie Harrison. It wasn’t a surprise because the Jaguars picked him, or that they picked his position or anything. The big surprise was that Harrison was still available. While I wasn’t sure I bought his early first round hype leading up, I certainly didn’t think he’d last until near the end of round 3. It’s very possible a very good player slipped to the Jaguars.
To wit, Harrison is already impressing his position coaches during the first few weeks of OTAs.
“On the field, well, let me say in the classroom first, a very good student, attentive to football. He is a good communicator and that transfers on the field also. Obviously, he has some formations, motions and shifts with our defense that he needs to experience and work on his communication with adjustments, but we see a good athlete, an instinctive athlete,” Jaguars secondary coach Perry Fewell told reporters last week when asked about Harrison. “He is very long. I like the length that he has. I like the size that he has. I think he is going to be a very physical football player. We do not know that until pads come on, but he has the traits of having the height, weight, size and speed that you look for in a good football player.”
Harrison is unlikely to start for the Jaguars this season, barring injury to either Tashaun Gipson or Barry Church, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t at least get some playing time in some packages. With someone like Harrison the Jaguars could potentially roll with a “big nickel” type of package with three safeties on the field.