Riffer X Posted July 11, 2022 Report Share Posted July 11, 2022 Slick Nick was a fan ragdoll after being forced to play guard his rookie season in a flat-out attrition emergency, hence he got judged way too quickly by many as some sort of squirt who'd get slapped around mercilessly when and if he ever played. He was a fish out of water on an island and was never supposed to have been used that way as a raw rookie. I liked the pick and like the way he plays, he is a pure, natural center who can make all the calls up front and knows the game with the starting pedigree from Washington to prove it. He's very good in space (which is perfect for the ZBS elements of this running scheme), and very efficient in handling pass pro responsibilities with sound technique. I've pointed out a lot of this stuff in the past, but Tretter never practiced, and it was Nick who got all those reps with the starters. He had some nice preseason moments last year and that is when I started becoming a believer as he was going up against starters for a lot of his reps. When he got his shot against Kenny Clark and the Pack, he way more than held his own. What I like best is his commitment to getting stronger. That's the kind of attitude that good, developmental pros need to have to be successful -- continual improvement. For perspective, Tretter is generally considered about 305 pounds at 6'4. Nick was anywhere from 293 to 302 depending what source is used from the draft. Folks think he is small and will get manhandled against big 1 techs, but he put on 16 to 17 pounds of muscle as of early May per assistant strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus. That's going to put him at 310 or better by camp with much improved strength. At "only" 6'1, that's quite a fireplug with leverage at that size along with his quicks and mobility. Do folks remember when Pain & Teller devoted himself before the 2020 season (adding about 18 pounds of muscle) and then became dominant? There's a reason the Browns like him and have confidence in him being able to take over for a top dawg like Tretter. Pocic was a very nice signing to provide starting experience as an interior backup, but he isn't starting over Nick unless Nick falls flat on his face or struggles mightily to start the season. I don't see it happening, I see him being a solid piece to one of the league's best olines (if healthy of course). Pocic is also coming off his best career season according to PFF. I also really like Deaton and am looking forward to seeing him in preseason. He should be a nice PS stash. Lastly, this is what good organizations do and we are going to need to do the same going forward with cap pressure coming. We are letting an aging, high-cost vet go and replacing him with a developmental guy who appears ready to take over in the third year of his rookie contract. (Think Alex Wright as an example for next season.) Nick is on the cheap and will be able to be extended at a decent and fair contract if he performs. This season he will make just under a million and next year just a little over a million (same with cap hits as his bonus is $78k annually). Spotrac: Nick Harris Contract Breakdown Nick Harris segment of Building the Browns begins at 1:45 Nick's PFF from last year (I just rewatched this last week and he did very, very well against Clark) Nick's measurables coming out Pocic's career PFF and last season game by game PFF: 2022 NFL offensive line rankings 3 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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