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Colts Shown ‘Steady Interest’ in UNH Wideout R.J. Harris


According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Indianapolis Colts are one of a handful of teams that have shown steady interest in New Hampshire wideout R.J. Harris. The other teams that have reportedly expressed interest are the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.

Sep 20, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; New Hampshire Wildcats wide receiver R.J. Harris (15) catches the ball in front of Richmond Spiders defensive back Mylon Blueford (16) in the third quarter at Robins Stadium. The Wildcats won 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 6’0, 200 pound wideout is coming off an impressive senior season in which he caught 100 receptions for 1,551 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Per Wilson, Harris set school single-season records and led the nation in receiving yards. He had 4,328 career receiving yards and 36 career touchdowns with New Hampshire and is the school’s all-time leading receiver.

It’s worth noting that Harris posted solid measurables on his pro day, as he ran a 4.52 forty time, had 18 bench press reps, and boasted a vertical jump of 37.5 inches. Wilson noted that he caught every pass in his pro day workout.

While the Colts are no longer in desperate need for a wideout, there could be an additional spot open behind T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, and Donte Moncrief, and to also challenge Duron Carter lower on the depth chart for a roster spot. Harris is currently projected to be a late round selection or priority free agent.

Per his NFL.com Draft Profile, Harris’ bottomline is as follows:

"“Frequently targeted, system receiver who had three straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving, including 2014 with 1,551 yards and 15 touchdowns. Harris has average height for an outside receiver, but an above average skill set with the ball is in the air. While his ability to gain yards after the catch is solid, he doesn’’t appear to have the athletic ability and acceleration out of his cuts to get open consistently on the next level.”"

Whether it’s in the later rounds of the draft or as a priority free agent, it sounds like an NFL team will take a chance on Harris due to his all-around receiving game and highly impressive collegiate production; however, as noted, his limited acceleration and athletic ability may keep him from being taken higher than that.

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