NAME: Joe Giles-Harris
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 44
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 240 lbs
The Duke Blue Devils team MVP and first-team All-ACC linebacker in 2017, Giles-Harris is among the top defensive playmakers in the entire conference. Across two seasons as a starter for the Blue Devils, Giles-Harris has racked up an impressive 232 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six pass breakups and two interceptions. He’s primed for another big season in what could be his last in Durham should he declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
A rangy linebacker, Giles-Harris is a quick processor that takes good angles in pursuit of the football. He plays with a high level of urgency and is a secure tackler that consistently wraps low and brings his feet through the ball carrier. His contact power and balance is good.
A three-down player, Giles-Harris excels in pass coverage where he is capable of winning in both man and zone coverage. He sharply reads the backfield and works into throwing lanes in zone while also capable of carrying running backs and tight ends into space alone in man coverage. His length and quickness helps him close on the football and compete at the catch point.
The primary concern with Giles-Harris is becoming more consistent filtering through traffic and playing through blocks. While he isn’t lacking the play strength needed to stack and shed blocks, working off of them quickly and disengaging needs work. There are also times where he is hesitant to commit in pursuit and doesn’t readily trust his keys, which enables blockers to get an angle on him and Giles-Harris gets stuck in traffic.
Giles-Harris offers a blend of impressive physical and on-field traits that makes him one of the ACC’s best defensive players at any position.