New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison, 25, has hit back at the teams who didn’t draft him in 2012 last night, tweeting that there are: “31 teams left to make regret that day.”
The six-foot-four, 350 pound player went through each round of the 2012 NFL Draft without being taken by a single team, though despite his disappointment, Harrison maintained an optimistic stance.
Another tweet from him yesterday showed an image of a tweet he posted minutes after the conclusion of that draft, stating he would be the “best damn undrafted free agent the NFL has ever seen.”
Wanting to the best undrafted player in history is no mean feat, especially when your competitors include the likes of Kurt Warner, Warren Moon, and John Randle.
Although Harrison, the man who earned himself the nickname ‘Big Snacks’, has some way to go in making that claim a reality, he largely impressed last season as part of a standout Jets defensive line which also included Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson, as well as All-Pro Muhammad Wilkerson; with the three linemen being dubbed the ‘Sons of Anarchy’.
It was somewhat of a breakout year for Harrison in 2013, and that only helped to support his recent comments. Another Twitter post from him last night read: “In 2012 25 times a DT was picked over me, 253 players got the call I dreamed of my whole life! 1 opportunity is all I needed… payback time.”
When compared to his rookie season where he appeared in five games without scoring a single stat, it already becomes apparent how far the William Penn University product has come. In 2013, Harrison started every game for the Jets en-route to an 8-8 finish. In those sixteen games, Harrison recorded 36 tackles, had 30 assists, defended two passes, and added a sack, helping the Jets finish as the third best defence against the run.
Damon Harrison’s transformation from an undrafted free agent to one of the better nose tackles in the league has been impressive, and much of that is attributed to his work ethic. Pro Football Focus have already projected that Harrison will be the starter at nose for the Jets in 2014, which is building on last offseason when it was unclear who would be the number one at that position.
With his young age and dominant physical traits, Damon Harrison has every right to set big goals for himself. Withholding any freak occurrence, ‘Big Snacks’ will have a chance to further his reputation and build on what was a fine 2013.
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