Coverage - Disciplined zone coverage defender with good route awareness. Reads the backfield quickly and works into throwing windows. Modest ability to remain in phase and carry tight ends down the seam. Takes good angles to cut off RBs slipping out of the backfield.
Tackling - Secure and physical wrap up tackler with excellent contact power. Has a good tackle radius and gets his arms wrapped around the ball carrier. Rarely concedes yards after contact and routinely brings his feet through the target.
Blocks - Has the strength needed to exchange power with blockers and plug them back into gaps. Works through contact in pursuit and quick processing skills helps him get ahead of blocks. Keeps his hands active to shed.
Physicality - Aggressive and physical player. Outstanding face-up defender who excels at playing into the line of scrimmage. Rarely over-powered and is a tough competitor. Hitting power and contact balance is excellent. He's an enforcer.
Motor - Plays with great urgency and intent. Unrelenting in his pursuit of the football and frequently makes plays on secondary effort. Always rallies to the football and is around the ball. No questions at all regarding his effort or competitive toughness.
Processing - Reads his keys quickly and takes correct angles to the football. Understands his role and the position he is supposed to be in. Disciplined player that is rarely out of position and doesn't get manipulated by play fakes. Alert in zone coverage. Has good peripheral vision in pursuit.
Range - Adequate short area burst and range to make plays outside the tackles but he isn't a true sideline to sideline guy. Maximizes his range by taking good angles and processing quickly. I like his pursuit angles and how conscious he is of not opening the door for cut back opportunities.
Flexibility - Good enough lateral movement skills and is able to mirror running backs as they press the line of scrimmage. Isn't dynamic in terms of change of direction skills or burst. Wouldn't call him clunky or segmented, he just isn't super twitchy or explosive.
Versatility - Projects favorably to an inside linebacker role in either a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment on account of his physicality and processing skills. Features playmaking ability on every down.
BEST TRAIT - Processing Skills
WORST TRAIT - Flexibility
RED FLAGS - 2018 MCL injury
Giles-Harris is a gap-savvy, physical linebacker with terrific processing skills that profiles wonderfully to MIKE linebacker role. He excels at playing into the line of scrimmage and features outstanding finishing skills. His range and man coverage skills are modest, but he is effective defending shallow zones which gives him every down playmaking ability. Among the top defensive playmakers in the ACC over the last three seasons, Giles-Harris has early starting potential at the next level and should be a fixture on the second level for years to come.