The Tennessee Titans broke into the draft pick signing column on Tuesday, reaching an agreement with fourth-round center Leroy Harris of North Carolina State, the first of the team's 10 selections in 2007 to come to terms on a rookie contract.
Harris agreed to a four-year contract worth about $2.11 million. While exact financial details are not yet available, Harris received a signing bonus in the $445,000 range and minimum base salaries of $285,000 (2007), $370,000 (2008), $460,000 (2009) and $550,000 (2010). There is an escalator in the fourth year that could raise Harris' salary for 2010 if he reaches certain playing time and performance levels.
The versatile Harris started 42 consecutive games in college and played four different positions, including both guard spots, left tackle and center. Some scouts felt before the draft that his best position might be right guard, but most teams projected him as a center, where he logged 21 starts.
It is likely, given that Tennessee already has two young guards, that Harris will be groomed as the eventual replacement for Titans' standout center Kevin Mawae, 36, who is entering his 14th season in 2007.
A naturally strong in-line blocker and a hard worker, Harris has a thick body (6-feet-2½, 302 pounds) but probably needs to gain some more muscle definition in the weight room. He plays with excellent leverage, gained in part from his time spent as a state heavyweight wrestling champion in high school, and uses his hands very well.
Harris made all the blocking adjustment calls for the Wolfpack, and possesses excellent football instincts.
In four college seasons, he compiled nearly 200 "knockdown blocks," according to the grading system used by the North Carolina State coaches. Harris missed the final two games of the 2006 season with an ankle injury but has recovered from that.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.