The Browns addressed their biggest need on the offensive line in the first round, but the addition of Nick Harris addressed another need on the offensive front: interior depth who has extensive experience playing center.
There were a lot of concerns about Harris because of his size and lack of power for an interior lineman. Many scouts considered him scheme-specific, which played a role in where he was drafted. The expectation is Harris needs to play in a zone run scheme to have a chance to excel in the NFL, which is the exact offensive scheme the Browns will be using under Kevin Stefanski.
Harris has great athleticism for his size and has the agility to move laterally as a lineman. Although his size is an issue in terms of strength and power, his height does allow him to generate good leverage at the point of attack.
However, Harris will likely be utilized as a reserve interior lineman in 2020, and potentially even into 2021 due to the presence of J.C. Tretter. Unless Harris shows he can play guard in the NFL and compete for the starting right guard job, he will likely be groomed to be Tretter’s replacement in the next season or two.
Playing in Stefanski’s offense could help Harris become a more productive NFL player. Working with Bill Callahan and working out with a NFL strength staff will certainly help his development as well. However, his future appears to be a backup lineman for the time being with the Browns, making him the lowest ranked selection of Cleveland’s 2020 draft.