2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Brandon Harris
If this were a typical draft year, Miami’s Brandon Harris might be considered the top-rated cornerback prospect.
However, with Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara considered by many to be two of the best prospects at the position in years, Harris may have to settle for a mid-round selection.
A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Harris was an essential component to the Hurricanes’ defense in each of his three collegiate seasons.
Player Name: Brandon Harris
School: Miami (FL)
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Harris possesses prototypical size for a cornerback, and excels as a man-to-man defender in coverage. While many corners are hesitant to get involved in tackling, Harris isn’t at all afraid to mix things up and is fearless in attacking ball-carriers. He broke up 15 passes during his junior season, and also recorded six tackles-for-loss. He shows good instincts with the ball in the air, and certainly has the speed and athleticism required to keep up with NFL-level wide receivers. For a corner, he’s extremely impressive in run coverage, as well, and will make plays around the line of scrimmage. Harris has shown a strong desire and love for playing the game, and isn’t afraid to be taught. His great closing speed is one of his finest attributes.
While Harris isn’t afraid to try and make tackles, his technique could stand to be refined a bit. Against a ball-carrier out in the open field, he has often struggled to successfully make the tackle. While he is proficient mirroring receivers in man coverage, his zone coverage needs some work. When in zone, he has a tendency to give too much space to potential receivers, and can give up too much unnecessary yardage as a result. His career stats aren’t overwhelming on paper, but that’s often the case for a true shutdown corner.
With Peterson and Amukamara each likely to be taken somewhere in the top 10, Harris is likely to slip to somewhere between 10th and 20th overall. Teams can never have enough corners, so a player of Harris’ caliber will be in high demand, and he’s extremely unlikely to drop anywhere below No. 20 in the first round. Teams like Houston, Minnesota, Detroit and Jacksonville are all in need of help against the pass, so Harris would seem to be a natural fit with one of them.
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