Mobile Wrap-Up: Marcus Harrison

The Chicago Bears showed interest in a lot of players during preparations for this past Saturday's Senior Bowl, and Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison was one of them. Scout.com draft expert Chris Steuber drops by Bear Report and gives a quick scouting report on Harrison.

DT Marcus Harrison (6-3, 310) – Arkansas

Strengths: He's a nicely-sized interior lineman with good athleticism. He generates a good push up the middle and holds his ground in the trenches. He's strong at the point of attack, uses his hands well, wedges between blocks to fill a gap and defends the run. He possesses a good burst and plays with a degree of suddenness. He has good instincts, sheds blocks and is able to locate the ball-carrier.

Weaknesses: He has to play with better leverage and disrupt the quarterback consistently. He tends to wear down as the game progresses. He has to play with more balance and stay with the action.

Steuber Says: "Harrison didn't really stand out during Senior Bowl practices. There were other interior linemen who performed better and made a name for themselves. Harrison does have intriguing attributes, but his injury history may hurt his draft stock. I did overhear a scout in the crowd say Harrison plays too high and that he has to play with more leverage. It appeared that Harrison got overwhelmed in the trenches in some drills, but he also faired well in others. At this point, Harrison is a mid-round selection."

JC's Take: Since both Glenn Dorsey of LSU and Sedrick Ellis of USC will be long gone by the time the Bears are on the clock, they'll have to take a closer look at some second-tier defensive tackle prospects.

While it's possible that Dusty Dvoracek finally stays healthy next season and develops into the player Bears brass believe he can be, a backup plan at nose guard needs to be in place. Anthony Adams was pretty good against the run before getting hurt and Matt Toeaina showed some promise late in the year, but GM Jerry Angelo would be wise to find another youngster in the draft who can contribute for 10-12 snaps on Sundays. This team was miserable against the ground game in 2007, and a bruised-and-battered defensive interior was the main culprit.

Harrison did generate some good push up the middle in the Senior Bowl and knocked down a pair of passes, so perhaps his best football is still in front of him.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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