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Anton Harrison is a Day 1 Plug & Play Left Tackle | NFL DRAFT '23


By Adam Aniba


This year's draft class boasts some high end potential at offensive tackle, a few should even contribute immediately on the next level. Oklahoma's Anton Harrison is a prospect that has a high ceiling.


The Sooners LT has received high marks during the early stages of the draft evaluation process and has even been compared to 10x Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams.


Anton Harrison

6'5" 315 lbs | OT | OKL

Draft Proj 1st Rd

Background

Harrison grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended Archbishop Carroll HS. The tackle was heavily recruited after the '19 season as a 4-Star recruit and was rated as the #20 OT prospect in the nation by ESPN.


The left tackle was highly coveted by Ohio State, Michigan, Penn state, Oklahoma and Boston College. Those were just a few of the big time programs that courted Harrison.


The Archbishop Carroll tackle ultimately committed to the Sooners and was their day 1 starter at LT. He started nine games during his true freshman season in '20, only allowing 1 sack. In 2021 Harrison was active for all 13 games and became one of the premiere offensive lineman in the Big 12.


Fast forward to '22 and Harrison was on the Outland Trophy Watchlist, starting all 12 regular season games and even started one game at right tackle (season opener vs. UTEP 9/3). His efforts led to the left tackle being named to the All-Big 12 First Team.

PROS

  • Frequently displays the ability to fend off speed rushers, while utilizing impressive leverage

  • Extremely physical in the run game, displaying a high motor playing through the whistle

  • Overall athletic ability is notable and allows him to recover if his timing at the snap is off

  • Can be an absolute mauler when on the move and blocking downfield

  • Prototypical size for the next level with room to grow

CONS

  • A very capable run blocker, but allows defenders to get under his pads at times

  • Although displays solid technique, needs to work on his bend/kickslide on the next level

  • Susceptible to misjudging rushers on stunts

  • Improving functional strength will help him vs elite bull rushers on the next level

  • Susceptible to opening up his hips too early

Outlook

Harrison has the opportunity to be one of the best blindside protectors in this draft class. Add in the fact that he also lined up at right tackle and is stock as a rookie should be even higher.


Similar to many prospects, the Sooners tackle needs to refine his overall technique, considering he'll be facing top notch talent week in and week out on the next level.


Harrison is ranked among the top 3 tackles by many major scouting outlets, but could hear his name selected as the top left tackle on draft night.


The plethora of talent on defense and the demand for quarterbacks in this draft class is notable though. This could push the Sooner out of the top 15, but make no mistake, Harrison should be ready to man the blind side from day 1 for the team that drafts him.


*Games Watched- 9/2/22 vs UTEP, 9/24 vs KSU, 10/1 vs TCU, 10/8 vs Texas, 10/15 vs KU, 11/5 vs Baylor, 11/19 Okl St. & 12/29 vs FSU


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