The War Room: Kwame Harris, OT, Stanford
Birthday: March 15, 1982
Strengths: Kwame Harris has dexterous hands. It makes sense when you later learn that the Jamaican-born tackle is a music major who plays piano and violin. On the field, Harris plays with defensive ends, then sends them to the turf.
Harris was one of the most highly sought after recruits before choosing Standford’s scholarship offer over thirty-one others presented to him.
Harris is a dominating athlete with agile feet and good initial quickness. Tall and strong, he is a fast learner and honor roll student. After seeing some time as a reserve left tackle his freshman season, Harris became the starter at right tackle in 2001. In the Seattle Bowl, Harris did a great job keeping Greg Gathers, Georgia Tech’s talented defensive end, out of the backfield.
Areas for Concern: Harris is an underclassman, and though he has learned a lot thus far, he could still use the additional collegiate experience. He needs to improve on picking up a blitzer more quickly.
Oh, and his name rhymes with fame, so it’s going to get mispronounced, and that’s really annoying. When Harris does come out for the draft though, he is certain to be a first round candidate.
How Would He Look in Steel Blue? The Texans can never have enough geniuses on the offensive line. Harris has plans on becoming a surgeon one day, but if he ever ended up playing for Houston, David Carr would be happy if Harris just operated on the opposition.
Given Harris’ attention to academics and desire to make a life for himself after his football days are over, it is unlikely he leaves Stanford early. It’s a smart move from a smart guy since he will most likely be the top tackle in the 2004 draft and probably a top ten pick.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
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