Former Rutgers WR Harrison Building Steam

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- In Mark Harrison's eyes, he showed what he needed to during a strong February at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Harrison returned to Rutgers for pro day and a chance to meet with scouts, but did not work out for a second time.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Former Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison knew what he could do if given the chance to perform on the big stage and his opportunity came in the form of an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Considered a late-round prospect at best going into the combine, Harrison impressed scouts with 4.46 40-yard dash to go with one of the bigger bodies at the position.

"I knew that I could open some eyes if I just got the opportunity," Harrison said. "I really met all of my goals at the combine and I think I did what I came to do there."

Harrison likely solidified his place as an NFL draft pick at the combine, which is why he chose to sit out of drills at last weeks pro day at Rutgers.

The 6-foot-3, 231-pound Harrison was happy to return home to Rutgers, and to meet with scouts while on campus, but said he was there mostly to support his teammates.

"I have some workouts scheduled with some NFL teams like the Giants, so I'm focused on getting ready for those and really just continuing to prove myself," Harrison said. "I'm just [at Rutgers] to talk to the guys and support my family. There are a lot of guys like Tim Wright that didn't go to the combine and they're great players."

Harrison had an inconsistent four years at Rutgers but left second all-time in touchdown receptions behind Tim Brown.

As an NFL prospect, Harrison does not have top-end speed, but makes up for it with a physical frame and a big body to shield cornerbacks from the football. Harrison does not always catch the easy ones, but can be an impact guy in traffic and is not easy to bring down on first contact.

Like most Rutgers products, character is not a concern for Harrison.

"Rutgers taught me a lot about growing up and the hard work it takes to be successful," Harrison said. "That's from [former coach Greg Schiano] and coach [Kyle] Flood and everyone here. … It's going to be the same in the NFL because I'm ready to put in the work."

Out of eligibility and in full preparation mode for the NFL, Harrison said he sees Rutgers having no issues replacing the weapons lost offensively and likes the addition of Anthony Campanile as a full-time offensive assistant.

"He's a great guy and he's going to be big for some of the young receivers in our program," Harrison said. "They have a lot of talent next year and [quarterback] Gary Nova and [receiver] Brandon Coleman are only juniors. They're going to be tough to stop."

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