What To Like
Converting a high school tight end to an offensive lineman is nothing new for Brian Kelly or Paul Longo as they have enjoyed success in this area before while at Central Michigan with Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) who entered as a tight end at 6-foot-5 and then added 80-pounds to his frame without sacrificing footspeed.
Harrell may be listed as a tight end at his high school but one look at film and you find an extension to their offensive line as Harrell is used as another tackle in a running attack.
Athletic ability and balance makes his the type of player who could line up at anywhere across the line during his college career. While we project him to being a guard, he has the type of skills Kelly loves to use at tackle.
What May Concern You
Some will show concern just because he's labeled as a tight end. However, as stated above, Harrell is not a true receiving tight end and will not have the hang up of being moved into a power position on the line.
Look at the offer list and see why Mark Harrell was a major victory for the Irish in this class. With Taylor Decker already in the fold, Harrell is the perfect match as the two could find themselves lined up next to each other in the coming years.
Overall athletic ability makes Harrell an above average offensive lineman who will need some minor adjustments when he gets to the college game. The future looks bright for Harrell on the field and Irish Eyes will have a more in-depth breakdown coming soon.