Panthers NFL Draft targets: Safety
RONNIE HARRISON, Alabama (6-foot-2, 207 pounds)
Projected Round: 1-2
There are three options at safety that Carolina could consider in the first-round and Ronnie Harrison is one. College teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick is considered by many to be the top player at their position in the draft and should be well off the board when Carolina’s number comes up but Harrison may remain available.
Depending on the list of safeties remaining when the Panthers get to pick at No. 24, Harrison could be headed to Carolina.
"In 2017, Harrison had 74 tackles with 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and four passes batted. He played really well as an enforcer in the middle of the field. Harrison is a tough run defender who has the athletic skills to cover, but he has issues dealing with receivers in man coverage. Team sources have said an example of that was Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow really abusing Harrison in the past, and that is why Minkah Fitzpatrick was the coverage safety for the Crimson Tide. Playing zone in the middle of the field is a better fit for Harrison. Because of some coverage limitations, Harrison is a strong safety type for the NFL. Some teams see Harrison as a second-rounder, but they think he still could go in the first round as they don’t have 32 players with first-round grades, which will lead some second-rounders to go on Thursday night of the 2018 NFL Draft."
*Analysis via Charlie Campbell at WalterFootball.com