Ronnie Harrison
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Harrison with the Cleveland Browns in 2021
No. 33 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1997-04-18) April 18, 1997 (age 25)
Tallahassee, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Florida State University School (Tallahassee)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2021
Total tackles:199
Sacks:5.0
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:5
Pass deflections:22
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ronnie Harrison Jr. (born April 18, 1997) is an American football strong safety for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early years

Harrison played both quarterback and safety at Florida State University School. As a senior, he had 39 tackles on defense and 2,076 passing yards with 13 touchdowns, 1,015 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on offense.[1] Harrison committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[2][3]

College career

As a true freshman at Alabama in 2015, Harrison was a backup, recording 17 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack.[4] As a sophomore, he took over as the starter, recording 86 tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown.[5][6][7]

Statistics

Year Team GP Tackles Interceptions
Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD
2015 Alabama 14 17 11 6 1.0 2 41 20.5 0 6
2016 Alabama 14 83 56 27 0.0 2 64 32.0 1 7
2017 Alabama 14 74 43 31 2.5 3 7 2.3 0 4
Career 42 174 110 64 3.5 7 112 16.0 1 17

Professional career

On January 11, 2018, Harrison announced his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[8] Harrison attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but opted to only perform the broad jump and vertical jump. On March 7, 2018, he attended Alabama's pro day and performed the 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, and 10-yard dash. Harrison received interest and was regarded as a top prospect at his position due to his combination of size and athleticism. He attended visit and private workouts with multiple teams, including the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Philadelphia Eagles.[9] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Harrison was projected to be a second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the second best strong safety prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com, was ranked the third best safety by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and was also ranked the fourth best safety in the draft by Scouts Inc.[10][11][12]

External video
video icon Ronnie Harrison's NFL Combine Workout
video icon Ronnie Harrison's College Highlights
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
207 lb
(94 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.63 s 1.58 s 2.64 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Alabama's Pro Day[13][14]

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Harrison in the third round with the 93rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Harrison was the seventh safety drafted in 2018.[15]

External video
video icon Jaguars draft Ronnie Harrison 93rd overall

2018

On May 24, 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Harrison to a four-year, $3.38 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $803,032.[16] Harrison entered his rookie season slated as the backup strong safety behind Barry Church. He was named the starter in Week 13 after Church was a healthy scratch. He was officially named the starter the rest of the season on December 14, 2018, after Church was released by the Jaguars.[17] However, in the next game in Week 15, Harrison suffered a season-ending knee injury and was placed on injured reserve on December 17, 2018.[18]

2019

In a Week 3 win against the Tennessee Titans in 2019, Harrison led the team with 10 tackles.[19] The following week against the Denver Broncos, Harrison recorded his first interception of the season off Joe Flacco.[20] In a Week 7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Harrison recovered a fumble forced by teammate DJ Hayden and recorded an interception.[21]

Cleveland Browns

2020

Harrison was traded to the Cleveland Browns on September 3, 2020, in exchange for the Browns' fifth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.[22] In Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, Harrison intercepted a pass thrown by Philip Rivers and returned it for a 47-yard touchdown during the 32–23 win. This was Harrison's first interception as a Brown and first touchdown in the NFL.[23] In Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Harrison led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo), sacked Joe Burrow once, and recovered a fumble lost by Burrow during the 37–34 win.[24] Harrison was placed on injured reserve on December 1, 2020, with a shoulder injury.[25] On December 30, 2020, Harrison was activated off of injured reserve.[26] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on January 7, 2021,[27] and activated two days later.[28]

2021

During Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Harrison was disqualified after appearing to step on Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and shoving Chiefs running backs coach Greg Lewis after Lewis shoved him.[29][30] On October 18, Harrison was fined $12,128.[31]

2022

On April 12, 2022 Harrison signed a contract to return to the Cleveland Browns.[32]

NFL career statistics

Regular season statistics
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2018 JAX 14 8 32 24 8 1.0 3 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0
2019 JAX 14 14 71 44 27 2.0 9 2 66 33.0 35 0 0 1
2020 CLE 11 7 38 24 14 1.0 7 1 47 47.0 47 1 0 1
Total 39 29 141 92 49 4.0 19 4 127 31.8 47 1 0 2

References

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  2. ^ Champlin, Drew (July 29, 2014). "4-star Florida safety Ronnie Harrison commits to Alabama". AL.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Champlin, Drew (July 30, 2014). "Ronnie Harrison 'set in stone' with Alabama, could be 'a freak' at defensive back". AL.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison takes on leadership role in secondary
  5. ^ "Alabama's Ronnie Harrison already up for facing FSU".
  6. ^ reporter, Ken Rogers Alabama sports. "Ronnie Harrison emerges as leader in Tide secondary".
  7. ^ News, Terrin Waack Special to the Tuscaloosa. "Visionary in the secondary: Ronnie Harrison sees what's coming on the field".
  8. ^ "Report: Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison to skip senior season, enter NFL draft". seccountry.com. January 11, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Hickey, Kevin (April 18, 2018). "Giants among teams to work out Alabama DB Ronnie Harrison". giantswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
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  11. ^ "NFL Ronnie Harrison -ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Mayock, Mike (April 20, 2018). "Mike Mayock's 2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ronnie Harrison Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". National Football League. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ronnie Harrison, Alabama, SS, 2018 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
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  18. ^ Day, Ryan (December 17, 2018). "Ronnie Harrison on season ending injured reserve with knee injury". BigCatCountry.com. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  19. ^ "Minshew, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans 20–7". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Fournette leads Jags' 26–24 comeback over Broncos". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "Minshew, defense lead Jaguars over winless Bengals 27–17". www.espn.com. Associated Press. October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  22. ^ "Browns acquire S Ronnie Harrison in trade with Jaguars". ClevelandBrowns.com. September 3, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  23. ^ "Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns – October 11th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  24. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  25. ^ "Browns activate DE Myles Garrett, place S Ronnie Harrison on IR". ClevelandBrowns.com. December 1, 2020.
  26. ^ "S Ronnie Harrison Jr. activated as Browns make roster moves". ClevelandBrowns.com. December 30, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  27. ^ "Browns make roster moves". ClevelandBrowns.com. January 7, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  28. ^ "Browns activate 3 players, make other roster moves". ClevelandBrowns.com. January 9, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  29. ^ "Ronnie Harrison Jr. ejected after shoving Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach". ESPN. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  30. ^ "Browns' Tretter: KC coach should face discipline". ESPN.com. September 13, 2021. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  31. ^ "Ronnie Harrsion fined for altercation with Chiefs coach". NFL. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  32. ^ "Browns re-sign S Ronnie Harrison Jr". ClevelandBrowns.com. Retrieved April 13, 2022.