Zach Harrison, Ohio State, OSU, NFL Draft

Zach Harrison 2023 NFL Draft

This 2023 NFL Draft scouting report about Zach Harrison is from Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Check the tags and links below this article for draft profiles. Dolphins Thirsty will be updating our site on a regular basis with more prospects.


2023 NFL Draft: Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State University


Zach Harrison, OSU, 2023 NFL Draft

Rating scale: Poor 1 Elite 10 COD: Change of direction


Caballero says that Zach Harrison is a tall edge rusher (6’6″) out of Ohio State that will hear his name called pretty early in the 2023 NFL Draft. A former track guy that has a good burst for such a big person. He has long tree trunk-like arms according to Caballero that he uses to his advantage when keeping blockers off of him.

Harrison has a great combination of size, speed, and high football IQ. Has the look and feel of a player that will get even better in the pros. He plays with a high motor as well as plays like his hair is on fire every snap. Good tackler against the run as he squares up and wraps very well, especially for a player of his height. Harrison is a disciplined football player that is not easily fooled by ball fakes.

Caballero said, “Zach can become a dominant pass rusher in the NFL if he polishes up his pass moves.” Harrison can also drop back into coverage to stop quick curl routes. Uses his length to clog up passing lanes for the opposing QB by getting his hands up on plays he can’t get to the passer. Sets the edge well. Has eye-popping tape at times. May not be as polished as the Bosa brothers or Chase Young coming out of college but has the skill set to excel in the NFL.


By the Numbers


Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2019 Ohio State Big Ten FR DE 10 14 10 24 5.5 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2020 Ohio State Big Ten SO DE 7 6 8 14 4.5 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 0
*2021 Ohio State Big Ten JR DE 10 18 7 25 6.0 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 1
*2022 Ohio State Big Ten SR DL 13 20 14 34 8.0 3.5 1 2 2.0 0 4 0 0 0 3
Career Ohio State 58 39 97 24.0 11.0 1 2 2.0 0 9 1 0 0 4
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2023.


The Prospect Sheet


Zach Harrison attended Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. He was highly recruited coming out of HS and had multiple choices among all the big-time college football programs. Ohio State, Alabama, USC, Penn State, Notre Dame, and others offered Zach a chance to play football at their school. He decided to stay in his home state and enrolled at Ohio State University.

Has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.


Draft projection: 1st or 2nd round


Overall, Caballero feels that Harrison has the skills to be a star in the NFL. He is not as highly ranked as the Bosa brothers or Chase Young but he still has what it takes to make his mark at the pro level. Some of the best potential of anyone in the 2023 NFL Draft class.


Strengths: Zach Harrison


  1. Size
  2. Speed
  3. Athletic skills that stand out
  4. Improving player
  5. High football IQ


Areas for Improvement/Concern


  1. Need to improve pass-rush moves
  2. Change of direction movement needs polishing
  3. Not as much production as you would think someone of his skills would have


Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting


Zach Harrison, Scouting report for NFL Draft, Digging in the Trenches


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