2017 Raiders Draft Prospects: Getting to Know LB Harris and CB Azuwie

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December 2, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross (1) runs against Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) during the third quarter in the Pac-12 championship at Levi's Stadium. The Huskies defeated the Buffaloes 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In the background of any draft, unheralded talented waits for their moment. Plus, these potential draft picks in two areas where the Oakland Raiders really must add quality. For this reason, Lindenwood linebacker and Colorado corner Chidobe Azuwie need consideration.

Harris: Initially, no one considers Harris a player.  As a result, only one  scholarship offer fell his way. Whether he’s exploding into tackles or stuffing run plays, the skills exist. He holds the current NCAA all division record for the most tackles with 633 career tackles. Harris holds the current NCAA all division record for the most tackles (633). In addition, ,he won the 2016 Cliff Harris Award for the best small school defender. Furthermore, Harris showcased his versatility as a running back and punter, recording 7 touchdowns and a 38.8 yard average.

Combine Stats:

40 yard dash – 4.73 sec

Vertical – 33.0 inches

3 cone drill – 7.13 sec

Bench press – 18 reps

Broad jump – 114.0

20 yard shuttle – 4.31 sec

60 yard shuttle – 11.84 sec

 

Awuzie: If the first round did not contain so many corners, Azuwie could sneak into the bottom portion. Boasting good height 6’0 and weight 202lbs his ability to stay hip-to-hip is excellent. Also,  he reminds many of  family friend and former Raider Nnamdi Asomugha.

As a freshman, he started 7 games, recording 59 tackles 5 for a loss.  Not to mention, breaking up 4 passes, showing why he’s held in such high regard by  scouts. Moreover, he led the team in 2014 in the first 9 games with 64 tackles, 2 INT and 8 passes broken up. Unfortunately, he suffered a lacerated kidney in practice and sat out the rest of the season.

Awuzie plays mostly as a nickel spot, but is very adept at man to man coverage. Armed with  electric speed, he excels in vertical coverage. Where he struggles is shedding blocks in run support. Yet, Azuwie shows coachability. Equally important is desire.

40 yard dash – 4.43 sec

Bench press – 16 reps

Vertical – 34.5

Broad jump – 132

3 cone drill – 6.81sec

20 yard shuttle – 4.14 sec

While these two aren’t household names, the Raiders need talent over star power.


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