Tre Harbison NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Tre Harbison III NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
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By Mitchell Wolfe February 22, 2021 0 Comment
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Tre Harbison III is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Tre Harbison III is a running back from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Harbison played in all six of Charlotte’s games this year with five starts.

Harbison carried the ball 80 times for 337 yards (4.2 YPC) with four touchdowns, along with one catch for 14 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, he ranked as the 283rd-highest running back with an Overall grade of 69.7 (73.7 Rushing, 50.5 Receiving, 31.3 Pass Blocking).

Harbison was one of the best players in North Carolina in high school. He earned all-state honors as a senior in 2015 and helped his team win back-to-back state championships. Harbison originally committed to Virginia, but only attended for a semester before transferring to Northern Illinois and redshirting. He played in ten games as a redshirt freshman, but only got 55 carries.

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However, in 2018, Harbison broke out, recording over 1000 yards on just over 200 carries with five touchdowns in 14 games. He earned Second-Team All-MAC as the first NIU running back to go over 1K rushing yards since 2015. In 2019, Harbison continued his dominance, going over 1000 yards again and adding eight touchdowns. He earned Third-Team All-MAC after averaging 92.9 yards per game. He then elected to transfer closer to home for his final season in 2020.

In the NFL, Harbison projects as a short-yardage specialist in an offense that primarily runs Man-Gap schemes. Harbison is built like a bowling ball and runs like one too. If he can run straight downhill, he can create some yards after contact. But he does not have the vision or athletic ability to succeed in a Zone scheme. He is also lackluster in the receiving and pass blocking aspects of the game. Thus, Harbison’s limitations pigeonhole him into a role as a short-yardage running back.

Scouting Capsule

Tre Harbison NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.


Tre Harbison attended the College Gridiron Showcase and measured in at 5 feet and 10 7/8 inches (5107) and 218 pounds. He has 9 5/8″ hands and 32 3/8″ arms. Harbison was listed at 5’11” 215 at Charlotte and NIU.



  • Very good downhill runner; maintains good leverage and balance through the hole
  • Runs behind his pads and uses strength/power to run through and create yards after contact
  • Not afraid to square up and run through a defender’s face


  • Lacks the requisite vision and ability to create outside structure; fails to see other lanes and cannot attack them.
  • Adequate athletic ability prevents him from making defenders miss in space and creating if the run scheme breaks down.
  • Does not have the long speed to break off big runs (longest rush was 48 yards).
  • Not asked to contribute in the passing game (17 career catches), but his skill set indicates he would not be effective.
  • Even less effective as a pass blocker, lacking the interest or ability to succeed and contribute.

NFL Comparison

De’Veon Smith (Miami Dolphins 2017, Washington Football Team 2018, Orlando Apollos 2019, Tampa Bay Vipers 2020, BC Lions 2021-Present)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Brawl Network. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.


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