Jonathan Harris: 2019 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Jonathan Harris
School: Lindenwood
Position: DT
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 285

Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?

Going into the season my personal goal was to make a positive impact both on and off the field. Although I had a fairly productive season statistically I was more focused on causing havoc for opposing offenses by doing my job to the best of my ability. My role as a senior and captain on my team was something I took pride in and I feel like I was successful as a leader on my team, on campus, and in the community.

Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?

Leader and hard-worker. I had a great relationship with all my teammates and coaches and I feel as though my work ethic helped me gain a lot of respect within our team and earned me leadership opportunities. All of my coaches over my last four years at Lindenwood taught me something different and it has helped me develop into the player I am today.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

When watching film I break down every play from multiple positions. I study the offensive lineman to see what tendencies they have. Anything from stance, splits, weight distribution, etc. can give me an advantage during the course of the game. I also watch defensive lineman and study their plan to attack offensive lineman’s weakness, then I can evaluate my strengths and see what will work against the opponent I am facing. A lot of offensive line tendencies are similar so the more film I watch the easier it becomes to dissect offensive lineman.

Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?

My versatility separates me from the other players in my position. I have played both defensive end and tackle and I believe I have the potential to play either at the next level in different schemes. I also believe that my best football is ahead of me and I am hungry to learn and improve as this process goes on.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I have been training at Boost Performance in Nashville, TN and they’ve done a great job of preparing me physically for my pro day. I also worked with Tony Brown and Albert Haynesworth who both had very successful careers in the NFL. Between pushing myself physically and gaining knowledge from those two, I am improving my game to prepare me for the next level.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I believe that my work ethic and positive attitude will stand out both on and off the field. My college coaches always put an emphasis on both those things which will help me as I move on to the next level. I also feel like my leadership ability and experience will positively benefit a team after I gain credibility to earn those opportunities. Physically I am blessed with a good body frame and as I continue to gain strength and speed this offseason I will become better at using my body.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

By giving me an opportunity you are getting a dedicated, hard-working, and coachable player who will do whatever it takes to play at the next level. I know I have a lot to learn and I am excited for whatever challenge lies ahead of me.