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2011 NFL Draft Picks: Cowboys Select Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina

With the 176th pick overall (11th in the 6th round), the Dallas Cowboys selected wide receiver Dwayne Harris from East Carolina. Harris is under-sized, a guy many people see as an ideal slot receiver. He doesn't have great speed. He had a very productive career at East Carolina, finishing 2010 with 101 catches for 1,123 yards and 10 TDs. Had a very poor week at the Senior Bowl that might have dropped him down team's rankings. He lacked the explosiveness that people thought he would show and had a case of the 'dropsies' during the week.

But they also said this:

SENIOR BOWL PRACTICE, TUESDAY: East Carolina receiver Dwayne Harris dropped a catchable pass and another punt in special-teams drills. He lacks the speed to separate from defenders, but scouts know he's a bear with the ball in his hands, which is rarely simulated in practice where contact is minimized to prevent injury. - Chad Reuter,


NFL Draft Scout:

Harris, who was a first-team all-conference selection as a wide receiver and punt returner in 2010, set Pirate single-season records with 1,123 receiving yards and 101 receptions. He became one of only three ECU pass catchers to ever record over 1,000 receiving yards in a year and the only one with 90 or more grabs during a season. In his final campaign, Harris led C-USA in receptions per game (7.8) while standing third in receiving yards per game (86.4) and all-purpose yards per game (176.0), and fourth in punt return average (11.7). Among all 2010 FBS players, he ranked fourth in all-purpose yards per game and sixth in receptions per game. Harris also finished in the top 25 at the FBS level in total reception yards (15th), receiving yards per game (18th) and punt return yards per game (21st)

FF Toolbox:

Dwayne Harris is not a number one wide receiver, but he could be a great slot receiver and return specialist in the NFL.

Harris is generously listed at 6-0 and his lack of size will be an issue come draft time. However, Harris has proven to be a very productive player and should be a fine third or fourth wide receiver on most teams and a dynamic returnman from day one. Without the threat of being a top receiver, Harris' stock is not too high, but he should be a solid third or fourth round selection.

Interview with Harris.

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