Instant Analysis: Marcus Harrison
DT Marcus Harrison (Wesley Hitt/Getty)
DT Marcus Harrison (Wesley Hitt/Getty)
Posted Apr 27, 2008

With the 27th pick in Round 3, the Chicago Bears selected Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. According to, Harrison is the No. 4 player available at his position. Here is a scouting report on Harrison with all the highlights you need to know about the newest Bear.

DT Marcus Harrison – Arkansas

The numbers: 6-3, 317 pounds, 5.06 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 26 bench-press reps at 225 pounds.

The skinny: Nobody can deny the fact that Harrison is oozing with talent and potential, but a history of injuries and some off-the-field issues hurt his stock in the draft significantly. He has the ability to play both nose tackle and the three-technique, but expect him to play the nose in Chicago and work into the rotation next to Pro Bowler Tommie Harris.

The analysis: The Bears went with high-character guys across the board with their first three selections, but they deviated from that philosophy significantly because there will be inevitable comparisons between Harrison and the talented-but-troubled Tank Johnson. However, D-tackle is perhaps the biggest need position for this team on defense, so he'll get a chance to play right away.

Want to see what 35-year veteran NFL talent evaluator Tom Marino has to say about Marcus Harrison? Click Here to read his expert analysis.

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