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Marcus Harris 2024 NFL Draft: Combine Results, Scouting Report For Houston Texans DT

Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn defensive lineman Marcus Harris (DL10) works out during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL Draft is getting close, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the class' best players with scouting reports. Each report will include strengths, weaknesses and background information. 

Here's our report on Marcus Harris.

Marcus Harris 2024 NFL Combine Results

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 286
  • 40-yard dash: 5.06
  • 10-yard split: 1.77
  • Vertical jump: 29.5"
  • Broad jump: 8'7"

Marcus Harris 2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report


  • Stout, strong defender with a compact build, allowing him to anchor well and hold his gap in run game.
  • Active hand usage at the point of attack to work through and off blocks to generate penetration vs the run.
  • Solid job keeping his head out of blocks and two gapping in the run game, allowing him to reduce run lanes.
  • Plays with good vision to adjust his pass rush in response to the QB’s pocket movement.
  • Flashed signs of good penetration in the run game, firing off ball low to get up the field but inconsistent.
  • Reads run blocking schemes well to attack gaps and disrupt the initial path of the runner – good feel for angles.
  • Good counter-move to fight against the blocker’s movement, allowing him to win and penetrate.
  • Solid run defender who attacks gaps well and sheds blocks to pursue the ball and make plays behind the LOS.


  • Minimal burst and lateral explosiveness coming off the ball – lacks acceleration and speed as a mover.
  • Questionable power to control blockers when fighting against pressure in the run game, especially zone schemes.
  • He tends to stop his feet after initial contact as a pass rusher. He tries to locate the ball and then disengages, resulting in him being controlled by blockers, limiting his push and penetration.
  • Poor balance and body control affect his ability to keep his feet and work through blocks once engaged.
  • Mush rush style pass rusher who lacks the burst to win at the snap – read and react rush approach.

Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Marcus Harris (50) runs drills during Auburn Football Pro Day at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, Ala., on Friday, March 22, 2024.

NFL Transition

Harris is a stout, stocky interior defensive lineman who played mostly from 3-technique in a 4-3 Front (moved to 1-technique is passing situations) and as a defensive end in a 3-4 Front. 

He’s best as an early down defender who can be disruptive in the run game, attacking the edge of blockers to generate push/penetration. Harris uses his hands to keep his head out of blocks and plays with good vision to play the run and react to QB movement. He has a good counter move (swim/rip) in the run game to fight against the blocker’s movement/angle, allowing him to get into the backfield. 

Harris lacks the burst and speed to close on the ball and the quickness needed to redirect or change direction to beat blocks. He struggled to fight through and off blocks once engaged due to his tendency to stop his feet and lose momentum after initial contact. He is a read-and-react pass rusher, using his vision and hands to generate secondary pressure (mush rush style pass rusher) on the QB.

Overall, Harris lacks the desired size to be effective from nose tackle, making him best suited as a 1-technique DT in a 4-3 front based on his skill set. He displayed a good feel for offensive schemes, allowing him to attack blocks to generate penetration in the run game. 

Harris lacks the burst and quickness to be a consistent pass rusher and could struggle to generate consistent push or beat blocks with his movement. He is a late Day 3 developmental prospect who could develop into a solid rotation player in a few years if he puts on some weight and improves his get-off/burst.

Other Notes

Harris came out of Montgomery, Alabama as a three-star recruit. He was the 101st strong side defensive end recruit in the nation. 

Initially, he went to Kansas (2019-2020) before transferring to Auburn for the last three seasons. Harris played in 43 games, finishing his career with 126 total tackles, 31 TFLs, 11 Sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He earned second-team All-SEC in 2023. 

In 2022, Harris struggled to make a consistent impact, accumulating only three TFLs (161st in the nation) and two sacks. He had only a 4.1 pressure percentage, with only 10 pressures on his 246 pass rush snaps.

In 2023, Harris was much more impactful as one of the nation’s most productive interior defensive linemen. He was tied for first in the nation with 6.5 sacks on the inside and second with 9.5 TFLs. However, Harris only had a 6.6 pressure percentage, generating only 15 pressures on his 228 pass rush snaps.