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NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Dequan Harvin, DL, Webber International University

Dequan Harvin had his film broke down by our scout Matt Anzio.

Stats & Awards

  • 2018 –  35 tackles , 13 TFL, 3 sack & 2 INT  in 8 games
  • 10 tackles, 3 TFL & 2 sacks vs Union (KY) 9/22/18
  • 8 tackles, 2 TFL 1 sack vs SouthEastern 9/29/18  
  • DPOW vs Keiser   10/15/18
  • Invite to the Podyum All Star Game ( Daytona)
  • 2017  – 55 tackles, 16 TFL  6 sacks
  • 2016:  Stats NA
  • DPOW vs Xavier   on 9/19/16
  • Regional Athlete Of The Year in Track & Field ( Thrower) 2016

Diamond Report

Overview

All the muscles Harvin uses the strongest one is between his ears.

The D lineman from Webber International has a unique frame at 6-1 270 he is stout but powerful. Has a good center of gravity he can be difficult for bigger Tackles or Guards to block.  Technically sound stance good knee bend starts low has a good anchor not easy to knock off the ball. Strong thick lower body powerful push. What Mayock refers too as a “ Bubblebutt” or squatty body. Personally, a huge fan of shorter stout D lineman as I have mentioned before in past reports. He is a smart cerebral player that doesn’t just depend on luck or talent to win. He studies his opponent’s tendencies to see areas he can take advantage of. Boat in the film room & on the field Harvin is diagnosing his opponents downsides winning the game within the game.

Against the Run

Sheds blocks uses his power hand & arm technique to get klatterally around blocks & pull the back to the turf.  Takes good angles recognizes players weak sides & works thoses angels. Consistently working his way thru lanes. Sure tackler in the open field with enough speed to run to the outside if needed.  Versatility to be moved around has played 34 edge rusher & DT at times. In the pros he might need to add some weight to be a true runsruffing DT. He stays low good pad level ideal fit to tackle some of these quick smaller backs or clog the holes.

Against the Pass

Harvin is an intelligent player as a pass rusher.  No matter if he is used on the left, right or middle of the line shows the ability to win the 1 on 1 battles needed to be effective as a pass rusher.  

Looks good rushing inside & out whatever side is the lineman’s weak side he will work. Strong powerful legs & core give him a nice burst off the line. Legs keep moving the whole time constantly working to get free. Good hand fighter with strong but quick hands to get off blocks get in the QB’s line of vision. Has great timing & extension does a nice job accumulating pass deflections. Can get hung up at times but he seems to be improving in that area. As he works with strength trainers continuous his film study believe he will get even stronger improve areas of need. Strong tackler bull rush ability can stick his hands in a lineman’s chest drive big OT’s backwards. For 6 foot 1 player, he plays much bigger than that. Cause he uses every inch of his 77” wingspan in pass rush as well as on tackles. Low bend burst off the line keeping good pad level can use a variety of body movements. Use the arms to swim, push grab or punch the strong D lineman from WIU  knows the technique.

Summary

With Harvin you are getting a strong D line prospect with a high football IQ.

Shows consistency uses intelligence to find a weakness & exploit it. No quite in him either he will keep exploiting it. Amazing games with double-digit tackles multiple PBU’s & sacks. Even watched a game where I watched him get 2 deflections followed by an INT in 3 consecutive plays. 3 times a 1st team All American. Easy young man to talk to takes direction well. Followed him from the Podyum All-Star game where he had a strong outing both in practice & the game. Had 2 sacks 3 tackles in Daytona now he is trying to attend the BSN Combine in Indy. Scouts, GM’s, Agents & Owners take notice. I know that no matter how deep the DL position is in this 2019 draft. That there is a place for Harvin if not in the elusive NFL then the CFL, AAF, AFL or indoor  Arena, pro-semi-pro teams. That can use a hard working strong DL prospect like D. Harvin. To fill out their roster versatile enough to play 34 Edge or 43 Nose if he adds 20lbs. Experience in 3-3-5, 43 & 4-2 defenses at WIU throughout his 3 years of playing. Unfortunately not all stats were recorded including pass deflections which would of been above average for similar DL prospects his size or larger.

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