High praise for Parys

Russ Lande, who authors the "GM Guide to the NFL Draft," believes former Tennessee defensive end Parys Haralson has a bright future with the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him in Round 5 of the 2006 draft.

In fact, Lande believes Haralson will have a greater impact for the team than first-round selection Manny Lawson of North Carolina State. Like Haralson, Lawson played defensive end in college but will move to outside linebacker in the pros.

In an interview with SFillustrated.com, the 49ers' Scout website, Lande offered unabashed praise of the former UT standout.

"I love the kid Haralson they got in the fifth round," Lande said. "I think he is going to be a better player than Manny Lawson, who they took in the first round.

Later, Lande offered more kind words about the Flora, Miss., product who started three years on The Hill. Here are a couple of excerpts from the interview:

SFI: Do you think Parys Haralson is too small to be a defensive end? Can he make the transition to 3-4 linebacker?

RL: I think he is too small to be a 3-4 defensive end, but I think if they make him a rush linebacker, like they are going to do with Manny Lawson, I think that is the exact role he fits. Haralson is a very good athlete who can defeat offensive tackle pass blocks consistently with his variety of pass-rush moves, close quickly on the quarterback and hit him hard. He is very active and competitive and consistently goes all out on every snap. He also has the playing speed to chase down running plays in pursuit.

SFI: Could he develop into more than just a situational rusher?

RL: I think he could be a starter. I think two years from now he'll be the starter and Manny Lawson will be trying to find a way to get on the field.

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