#31 CB, Brandon Harris (5’10½” 193 lbs.) – Miami Hurricanes
Instincts/Recognition: Shows superb instincts in the both pass defense and run defense. Does a good job of reading the quarterbacks eyes. Understands route combinations. Tracks the ball well, and gets his head around on deep throws. Recognizes the run quickly and attacks it down hill.
Cover Skills: Is comfortable in both man and zone coverage. Is slight better in man. Does a good job of sticking to receivers hips. Has quick feet and good balance. Above average athleticism allows him to sink his hips, turn and run on double moves and jerk routes. Has good speed and quickness. Needs to do a better job of staying low throughout his back pedal. Plays physical. Can step up to the line of scrimmage and play press coverage.
Ball Skills: Puts up more PBU’s than interceptions. Teams rarely threw his way in college. Does show good hands when the ball comes his way. Can extend his arms and use his hands to make the interception. Times his jumps perfectly and attacks the ball. Very good at jarring the ball loose right when a receiver catches it. Gets his head around quickly and tracks the deep ball well.
Run Support: Very solid against the run. Can break away from receiver blocks, and use his athleticism to run around or under cut linemen blocks. Isn’t the most physical tackler, but rarely fails to bring the ball carrier to the ground. Keeps containment to his side well, forcing the action back to the inside.
Intangibles: 2010 All-ACC 2nd Team. Passionate football player. Shows good mental and physical toughness. Tim Harris, was named USA Today National High School Coach of the Year in 2007.
Overall Stock: You can’t look at Brandon Harris’s numbers and get an understanding of how good he is. Teams rarely threw his way. What you can do is, turn on the tape and watch him lock receivers down. Harris has a good combination of size, speed and quickness. He can defend receivers of all size. He started off the season as an early second round prospect, but has creeped his way into first round consideration. Lots of teams picking in the back half of the draft are in need of a cornerback. Right now, Harris is rated as the third best and I think he will for sure be a first round pick.
NFL Comparison: Brandon Carr