The Cleveland Browns have some reinforcements coming to the offensive line.
Rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison passed his physical and will be eligible to practice with the team when the Browns return to practice on Sunday, according to multiple media reports.
Harrison, an undrafted free agent out of West Georgia, had been sidelined for the opening weeks of training camp with an injured toe.
While the left tackle position has been in a state of flux during training camp, with left guard Joel Bitonio taking over for Shon Coleman last week, Harrison still has a ways to go to be a viable NFL player.
Harrison played two years at Contra Costa Community College before transferring to Texas for the 2013 season. He lasted just seven games before a pair of suspensions led him to leave the game entirely for two years.
He eventually landed at West Georgia in 2017, starting nine games and earning first-team All-Gulf South Conference and first-team AFCA All-American accolades.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Harrison is a:
Boom-or-bust prospect who has elite length and athletic ability but is missing the consistency and resume of future NFL starter. Harrison’s West Georgia tape is filled with jaw-dropping plays but he was overwhelming inferior competition and doing it without much technique. Harrison looked light on tape and his Senior Bowl weigh-in at 279 is sure to scare teams about his ability to carry enough mass on his frame. He has alluring athletic traits but his off-the-field concerns could tank his draft stock.
Despite the fact that he is raw, the Browns like the potential they see in Harrison, as offensive line coach Bob Wylie said earlier this year, according to published reports:
“Desmond is probably the smoothest athlete we have out of 17 guys on the offensive line, doing it the way it should look with his feet and his hands and bending his knees and all that. His thing is he has to do it mentally. He has to learn to play like a pro, learn how to see the defense, find your triggers, find the safeties. The last guy you look at is the guy you’re going to block.”
While it is nice that he will be able to start practicing with the team, Harrison appears to be a perfect candidate for a position on the practice squad this fall.