Last week, the Lions released former All-Pro defensive tackle, Damon “Snacks” Harrison. It was a mutual parting of the ways, the Lions didn’t want to pay Harrison and Harrison wants to play for a winning team. When it comes to the Packers, everybody who watched them last year could see that Kenny Clark needs help on the interior of the defensive line. This is where Damon Harrison could help Green Bay.
Since he debuted in the NFL in 2013, Damon Harrison has been one of the best run stopping defensive tackles in the entire league. How convenient, one of the Packers biggest weaknesses last season was stopping the run. After a couple years as a rising star, a Second Team All-Pro vote, Harrison finally became one of the best at his position when he was voted a First Team All-Pro. That season, in 2016, he had 86 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 forced fumble, and an AV of 18. The only player with a higher AV that season was 2016 MVP, Matt Ryan.
Since his All-Pro campaign, Harrison has seen a drop off in his play but he’s still a very effective player. He has played in 48 out of a possible 48 games with an average of 69 tackles per season, 6 tackles for a loss, 4 quarterback hits, 2 sacks, 2 pass deflections, and an AV of 8.
Damon Harrison would be a perfect fit within the Green Bay Packers system. He’s never been the best pass rusher but he has very active hands and would definitely take attention off of Kenny Clark. A defensive front consisting of Preston Smith, Damon Harrison, Kenny Clark, and Za’Darius Smith would easily be one of the best lines in the NFL. All of these players have had major success in the league and they all have their own set of strengths that play off each other. If the Packers signed Harrison, for the right price of course, they would be addressing one of their biggest team needs this offseason and Green Bay would be getting a player who can make an impact every single time he’s on the field.