No player at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine had a longer arm measurement than Zach Harrison has at this year’s combine.
During his official weigh-in at the NFL Combine on Thursday morning, Zach Harrison’s arm length was measured at 36 1/4 inches. By comparison, the longest arm measurements at last year’s combine were for North Dakota offensive tackle Matt Waletzko and TCU offensive tackle Obinna Eze, who both measured in at 36 1/8 inches.
Zach Harrison (Ohio St)— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 2, 2023
36 1/4 arm
85 1/2 wing
No defensive lineman has measured in with longer arms than Harrison since 2014, when Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers measured in with 36 5/8” arms. No player at any position has measured in with longer arms since UConn offensive tackle Matt Peart in 2020, when he also measured in at 36 5/8”.
Even so, Harrison will likely have only the second-longest arms among Ohio State’s draft prospects at this year’s combine unless Dawand Jones’ arms have shrunk over the past month. Jones measured in with 36 5/8” arms at the Senior Bowl, where he also set a Senior Bowl record by measuring in with an 89 1/2-inch wingspan.
Harrison‘s weigh-in numbers across the board are impressive for a defensive end and will only help his draft stock. Those numbers would end up being the only numbers he posted at the combine on Thursday, however, as he was unable to participate in on-field workouts due to a minor hamstring injury.
Harrison’s arm length will impress NFL scouts because of how that length will make it more difficult for offensive linemen to block him, and he said during his interview session in Indianapolis on Wednesday that his length is something he tries to use to his advantage.
“I'm a big, long-armed guy and there's a lot of things I can do off that,” Harrison said.