The Best #98 in the NFL: Damon Harrison

Damon Harrison | New York Giants | Defensive Tackle

Harrison was one the big 2016 signings for the NYG defense.

Date of Birth: 11/20/199 (28)

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 350

Hometown: New Iberia, Louisiana

College: William Penn

Draft: 2012, Undrafted

Contract: 5 years, $46.25 million, through 2020


The name Damon Harrison doesn’t make many fans’ ears perk up, and why would it? On the surface, Harrison isn’t a statistical monster. He doesn’t rack up double digit sacks, he hasn’t forced very many fumbles, and I wouldn’t doubt it if many people don’t even know who he is.

Thing is, Harrison is the best run stopper in the league, and has been for some time. Undrafted out of the NAIA’s William Penn University in 2012, Harrison was signed by the New York Jets and became a starter in his second season. Since 2013, Harrison has led the NFL in run-stop percentage every year, and totaled a record 49 stops in 2016, 10 more than the next player.

Harrison is special in that he not only fills the gaps the ball carrier is looking for, but he sheds blocks better than any other defensive tackle, allowing him to hit the runner behind the line of scrimmage. It’s no coincidence that his addition to the Giants’ line boosted their run defense from 24th in 2015, to 3rd last season.

In a division with bruising rushers like Zeke Elliott and LeGarrette Blount, Harrison is of great importance to the Giants. Look for him to have another stellar season in 2017.

 


Awards and Accolades:

1x First-team All-Pro (2016)


Honorable Mentions: Brian Orakpo, Linval Joseph

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