2015 NFL Draft Profile: Eli Harold, LB Virginia


Virginia outside linebacker Eli Harold is an edge rusher who projects as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense and a outside linebacker in a 3-4 set.  He’s got a burst off the line that is second to none in the draft both when on the line or standing up.  He can use his explosiveness to beat offensive linemen with a variety of moves.

However, he is a bit weaker when it comes to run support.  Eli Harold’s aggressive nature and determination to get to the quarterback can sometimes cause him to take himself out of run plays.  Plus, he’ll need time to adjust to the outside linebacker position at the NFL level.

A team that is looking for a solid pass rusher that they can work with to improve in the run game will grab Eli Harold in the draft.  I expect him to be a late first round to early second round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft and go to a team with a much bigger need for a pass rusher.

Oct 25, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Eli Harold (7) stands on the field against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 247 pounds
  • Arm Length: 33″
  • Hand Size: 9.375″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds
  • Bench Press: N/A
  • Vertical Jump: 35″
  • Broad Jump: 123″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.07 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.16 seconds
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 11.81 seconds

Draft Projection

Eli Harold is the #36 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is the #4 outside linebacker available.

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Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota will be looking for competition at the defensive end position as well as a player to rotate in to keep the pass rushers fresh in their system.

My Take

Although Eli Harold is an interesting prospect, I don’t see Minnesota using a first or second round draft pick on a pass rusher.  But I think Harold will be selected prior to the Vikings second round pick.  He doesn’t seem like he’ll land in Minnesota at all, but if he somehow does end up being a Viking, I will support the decision.

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