As the NFL increasingly turns toward the pass, utilizing receivers, tight ends and running backs of various size and shapes as pass-catchers, defenses have been forced to adjust, making safeties and coverage linebackers suddenly a hot commodity.
Harvey-Clemons is used to being a wanted man. He originally signed with Georgia as a five star recruit, logging 14 tackles (including a tackle for loss) and a pass breakup in 14 games as a true freshman for the Bulldogs in 2012. He rose to third on the team with 66 tackles in 2013 (including 5.5 for loss) and created six turnovers (three recovered fumbles, two forced and one interception) while playing the "Star" position, a hybrid linebacker-safety role. For all of his success on the field, however, Harvey-Clemons was dropped from the program after twice being suspended. Harvey-Clemons landed on his feet at Louisville, playing for the same man (Todd Grantham) who had previously been his defensive coordinator at Georgia.
After sitting out the 2014 season due to the NCAA's transfer policy, Harvey-Clemons was voted to the honorable mention All-ACC team in 2015, finishing third on the Cardinals with 88 tackles and three interceptions. A nagging hamstring injury limited him to 10 games in 2016 and his numbers dropped (60 tackles, including three for loss) but he still drew an invitation from the Senior Bowl, though the injury kept him from participating.
STRENGTHS: Harvey-Clemons possesses a tapered, athletic frame with very long limbs. His long legs help him generate impressive speed and he is surprisingly adept at changing directions for a player of his height, showing balance, light feet and loose hips. He uses his length well to keep would-be blockers at arms' length, shucking them quickly on his way to the ball. Harvey-Clemons closes quickly and is a reliable open-field tackler, lassoing ball-carriers by consistently wrapping his arms around their legs for the effective stop. He has shown a knack for punching the ball out, using his long arms and excellent hand-eye coordination to snake his hand around the unsuspecting ball-carrier to dislodge it. He's aware in zone coverage and shows good hands for the interception, including good timing on his leaps to fully take advantage of his height. Since signing with the Cardinals, Harvey-Clemons has no known off-field issues and elected to return for his senior season (after petitioning the NFL for his grade) in part due to his wanting to graduate with a degree in criminal justice.
WEAKNESSES: While officially listed by Louisville at an imposing 230 pounds, he possesses a disproportionately slim lower body with narrow hips and beanstalks for legs. The long legs leave him vulnerable in coverage against shorter, quicker receivers. Further, while a reliable tackler, Harvey-Clemons lacks ideal stopping power, occasionally getting dragged for extra yardage. He is highly aggressive in run support and can be fooled with play-action. Given the mistakes made at Georgia (two suspensions, each reportedly for failed tests for marijuana) that prompted his transfer to Louisville, the NFL will want to fully investigate Harvey-Clemons' character, as well.
IN OUR VIEW: Harvey-Clemons is a modern day eraser, who was asked to play a variety of roles in Grantham's defense, alternately playing a traditional safety role as a last line of defense, dropping down to cover slot receivers and even rushing off the edge as a stand-up linebacker. The NFL will value his versatility.
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