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Get to know Jacob Harris

Los Angeles Rams
08 May 2021, 18:24 GMT+10

Stu Jackson

The Rams used their fifth selection in the 2021 NFL Draft on UCF tight end Jacob Harris, who was chosen in the fourth round, 141st overall.

Here's what you should know about him:

1) Primarily recruited to play soccer

As Harris first shared in his post-selection video conference, he primarily played soccer growing up. He didn't play football until his senior year, when a good friend convinced him to try out for the team the summer leading into it.

He enjoyed football so much that he turned down 10 Division I scholarship offers to play soccer, according to an April 21 story by Spectrum Sports 360's Patrick Welter, and instead walked on to Western Kentucky's football team before transferring to Central Florida as a preferred walk-on.

2) Helped make school history with his selection

Harris was one of five UCF players drafted this year, setting a program record.

3) Another Rams draft pick with highly-rated athleticism

Like draft classmate Bobby Brown III, Harris scored very well in Kent Lee Platte's Relative Athletic Scores.

Harris had a 9.88 out of 10, according to Platte, good for 31st out of 2,517 wide receivers evaluated from 1987-2021.

4) Rams like his special teams value

Rams general manager Les Snead said last week that Harris was their No. 1-rated special teams player in terms of coverage.

5) One expert's top sleeper prospect

The Athletic NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler shared last week that Harris was highest-ranked sleeper prospect this year.

Jacob Harris eager to provide value to Rams offense and special teams Rams select TE Jacob Harris with 141st pick in 2021 NFL Draft

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