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Demetrius Harris makes late entry into draft pool

As teams look anywhere and everywhere for talent, a potential tight end prospect is coming as much out of nowhere as any incoming football player ever will.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, former UW-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris has attracted interest from a dozen teams, less than a month after wrapping up his on-court career.

“Things are happening very quickly for Demetrius,” coach Rob Jeter said. “Like I told all the [NFL] coaches, if you want him to shoot free throws, that’s not your man.  But if you want him to catch a football, he can do that.”

Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey caught wind of Harris in 2011.  “I put him on my Franklin day calendar to explore this guy two years down the road,” Dorsey said.  “That’s what I did, and there he is.”

In a workout for the Chiefs earlier this month, Harris ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, jumped 36.5 inches vertically and 10 feet, two inches horizontally.

The six-foot, seven-inch Harris initially signed to play football at Arkansas State, but he failed to qualify academically.  He played basketball at a community college for two years, and then he turned down another offer from Arkansas State to return to football.

Harris has visited the Chiefs, and he’s due to visit the Ravens and Cowboys on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

His draft stock will be determined in large part by his Pro Day workout, which takes place on April 20.  At least nine teams are expected to attend.

He’s not likely to get drafted, but he’ll get a chance as a free agent.  Just like Antonio Gates once did.

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15 Responses to “Demetrius Harris makes late entry into draft pool”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    Sounds perfect for the Lions.

  2. sixjak says: Apr 14, 2013 5:05 PM

    Wow what raw talent.

  3. clayjayhawk says: Apr 14, 2013 5:38 PM

    why was there a link to this post on this kid is sweet but the packers have like 50 tightends.

  4. explosionsauce says: Apr 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    Lets just hope he doesn’t hang out with Tyrann Mathieu that day.

  5. tsuscrumhalf says: Apr 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    He’d be a great Mr Irrelevant pick. Last pick of the draft, or a very late 7th rounder to grab his rights & not have to compete for UDFA w/other teams.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    “Last one in the pool is a failed basketball player!”.

  7. lightcleric says: Apr 14, 2013 7:50 PM

    6’7″ 230 lbs with good speed, puts on a little muscle and he’ll be a lot like Gronk or Jimmy Graham(who incidentally also played some basketball at Miami). That’s scary.

  8. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 14, 2013 9:15 PM

    Niners pick him up with one of they’re two seventh round picks and we have our TE2 opposite Vernon, Walker left and we need to fill that spot. I would take a shot on the kid

  9. lovefootball4life says: Apr 14, 2013 9:17 PM

    Ravens? Really? Wow that could be cool. We’d have our own Gronk/Hernandez combo with Harris/Pitta.

  10. granadafan says: Apr 15, 2013 12:06 AM

    People forget that Tony Gonzalez was a great basketball player at CAL playing with Jason Kidd.

  11. clayjayhawk says: Apr 15, 2013 12:27 AM

    ha ha his agent said he can’t shoot free throws!

  12. tiggerblood says: Apr 15, 2013 4:59 AM

    Same with that Larry Webster JR from little Bloomsburg University in North Eastern PA. Except he plays DE after staring in basketball he decided to play football his senior year and was phenomenal catching NFL scouts attention has pedigree as his father won a super bowl with the Ravens in 2000.

  13. axespray says: Apr 15, 2013 1:33 PM

    Yeah – We’re ok at tight end – we’ve got 5 guys – Rodgers can make a Spencer Havner look good … We’re set there.

    We need DEFENSE and Oline.

  14. deltaoracle says: Apr 15, 2013 4:33 PM

    Packers will try to get him after the draft to be the next “all the potential in the world” J-Mike.

  15. 1bigtex says: Apr 16, 2013 7:10 AM

    Before anyone gets too excited, the guy did a grand total of TWO reps on the bench press. He’s a long way from being strong enough to play in the NFL. Perhaps an intriguing prospect for a practice squad.

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