Cleveland Browns: Desmond Harrison among best odds to make roster for an UDFA

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Desmond Harrison
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Desmond Harrison /

Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report named 10 undrafted free agents who could make an NFL roster and Desmond Harrison of the Cleveland Browns made the list

Despite there being seven rounds to find talent, many capable players slip through the entire draft without hearing their names called. These undrafted free agents are often afterthoughts, but occasionally a gem is found. For the Cleveland Browns, they hope to have one of their own in the 2018 crop.

Left tackle Desmond Harrison was supposed to be a star for Texas, but suspensions and academic ineligibility marred his career in collegiate football. He wound up at West Georgia and was able to dominate thanks to his insane athleticism.

There were still questions though, mostly because of the talent he played against in college. That led to Harrison being skipped over in the draft as he now tried to find a home as an undrafted free agent.

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According to Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report though, he has a great shot. When naming 10 players who could find a job with their teams despite not being drafted, Sobleski pointed to Harrison and said his abilities as an athlete are a huge reason to bet on him.

"“Physical potential can keep a player in the league for a long time, especially if he plays a premium position like left tackle. Desmond Harrison’s athleticism immediately jumped to the forefront during the Cleveland Browns’ rookie camp, organized team activities and minicamp.” — Sobleski, Bleacher Report"

Something besides his physical skill set helping Harrison is the need at the position. After Joe Thomas retired, the Browns were suddenly running thin with their options at left tackle.

Shone Coleman has moved from the right spot and is the favorite for the job, but Greg Robinson was recently signed as competition. There was also talk of left guard Joel Bitonio sliding over, but that hurts their interior as none of the backups offer what he does.

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In the end, Coleman likely has the job for 2018 but keeping Harrison on staff as a developmental player for the spot would be a smart play as well. It also feels like it’s what their intention will be.