Brandon Harris CB Miami

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  1. Trace1015

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    Cornerback Specific Traits:

    Excellent backpedal for a cornerback because of his good body control and he has such good speed that he can stay in his backpedal long enough to recognize run/pass before he shoots up to help the run, or has to turn around to run with the Wide receiver.

    Zone Coverage/ Awarness:
    This is Harris area of weakness, to me. Although he has all the athletic ability and willingness to participate in the zone coverage game, he can be looked of his coverages because he is hesitant. Where in man he can just stick with his guy because he has the superior athleticism in zone he has to have a feel for what’s going on and that’s not his strength, which indicates that his instincts are not elite.
    He is, however, quick to get to the run because of his straight line speed once he recognizes that the play is a run. He also willing to mix it up.

    Man to Man:
    This is the greatest strength in Brandon Harris game as he can run with pretty much anyone he comes up against, but at the same time as loose hips and can turn them to mirror his receiver, along with his above average body control allows him to stay in the reciever’s pocket in man coverage. He’s also willing to be tough and physical at the line of scrimmage (although he does play off the scrimmage a bit as well) to disrupt the timing of the Wide receiver, even though he lacks great size. Although, he doesn’t intercept the ball he gets his head around to knock the ball away more often then not when he’s in position to make a play.
    I think he does well in this area as well. He doesn’t have great instincts, where he might be able to diagnose a rotue at the onset (though I think he can get to that point because of his willing-to-work attitude), but he has quick reactions. If he sees a receiver turning around to reach for a ball he can whip his head back, locate the ball, and knock it away before it is completed. It his is good reaction time that lets him knock passes away, but it his average instincts that doesn’t allow him to cleanly catch a lot of interceptions.

    Run Support
    What Harris lacks in size and tackling technique he makes up with desire and a willingness to throw his body around. He is not the greatest technique tackler, but he is super compeitive. He comes out of nowhere like a torpedo at the ball carrier to try and get him to the ground. Sure, sometimes he misses tackles, but it’s never a Deion-Sanders missed tackle, it’s a technique problem, which can be coached up. I have no problem with Harris in run support.

    NFL Traits

    Athletic Ability:
    Athletic ability is Brandon Harris’ greatest strength. Harris is very fast, and has good size for a cornerback (not great size like Jimmy Smith), but good size. Harris has brilliant straight line speed and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ran a rapid 40 yard dash at the combine in a couple of weeks. Harris has loose hips and can rotate and run with Wide Receivers
    Brandon Harris was not as productive as his talent would indicate in terms of getting his hands on the football (and keep his hands on the football). What Harris was able to do is contribute in the run game, racking up 44 tackles, but only 1 interception.
    What Harris does do well, though is knock the ball away, tallying 10 passes defensed during the year, which is pretty good considered that he was not targeted as much as many cornerbacks in college football, but it’s still dissapointing that he wasn’t able to come away with more passes.

    Is a hard worker. “Quoted as saying that he and his classmates (2008 signing class) should dedicate their 2010 season to head coach Randy Shannon and that they were largely to blame for Miami’s inconsistency” (CBS Draft, this shows that he is a team player and is ok with sholudering the blame.
    Improved every year he was in college, his father is also a national high school football coach of the year, should graduate with a degree (as long as he completes an internship).
    Brandon Harris is a high-potential player. He has excellent athletic ability and a willingness to work and learn. He has had some bad games in his career at Miami, which might be worrisome for some fans or front offices (like his game vs Michael Floyd in the bowl game this year). But he’s also constantly improving, and especially this past season has been very good most games. And while I still think he has some improvement to go before

    High End: Darrelle Revis
    I’m not saying that Harris is going to be the next Darrelle Revis, what I”m saying is that they possess many of the same characteristics and have a similar style of play with if everything broke right he can be like Darrelle Revis. Like Revis, Harris is coming into this draft without great size, but fine size, but with a competitive fire and top-notch fluidty in his hips and speed. Revis was a good return men as well, but they had very similar stats their final years of college. They played the game the same way, with tenacity and fearless. If you read things that Harris has said now it sounds like a Darrelle Revis press conference.

    Low End: Aaron Ross
    As I think Harris plays like a college Revis I also think he is similar to Aaron Ross in college. I think the difference between Ross and Harris though is I believe Harris has a much better love for football. Ross came into the league as a willing tackler and a player with very good athletic ability (he also returned punts in college, unlike Harris), but Ross has a questionable love for the game, even admitting that he had not really cared about football as much as he should until he was injured and had to miss a year. Ross is also made of glass, but that’s a different story.
    Final word:
    I really personally like Brandon Harris as a prospect. Like I said, he reminds me of Darrelle Revis in college. I’m not saying that Harris will mature into the player that Revis has turned into now, but I’m saying that they are similar and Harris, to me, has a very high upside and is one of the top players in this draft and an absolute ideal pick for me as a Giants fan with the 19th pick overall in this draft (if Mark Ingram isn’t available). But I think Haris still a littlte bit of work to go before he becomes a good starting cornerback in the league, until then he could excel as a nickel-back who can stay with the quicker, and shiftied WR in the league and a team hopes he eventually matures into a shut-down cornerback. I think savvy veteran QB and WR will be able to fool Harris early in his career until he learns more because while he lacks elite athleticism for the position he doesn’t have the matching instincts yet, but maybe someday he will.

  2. packpitts

    packpitts Active Member

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    He's better then Prince thats for sure!
  3. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Augmented. Zone Supporter

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    Love 'em, wanna trade down and grab him
  4. jjktkk

    jjktkk Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I like what I read about Harris. No major flaws, loves the game, a competitor. Whats not like about this kid.
  5. Randy White

    Randy White Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Uh, No..

    He's more OVERRATED than Prince, but not better.
  6. Trace1015

    Trace1015 Member

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    Personally I like him alot more then prince and want him on the team he reminds me of Joe Haden
  7. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    This is the CB I like at the top of this draft, too.
  8. Randy White

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    Expecting him to live up to the hype he's had since he was Mr. Florida, or the #1 player in the state, when he came out of highschool.

    Solid guy, but by no means a finished product. Don't know if he'll ever become a finished product. The name Terrell Buckly comes up when this kid's name is mentioned.
  9. Randy White

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    Well, to each his own, but if I had to pick between the 2, I'd take Prince #1 overall in the draft as opposed to Harris anywhere in the 1st round.

    and my opinion of Prince is not exactly sky high.
  10. Trace1015

    Trace1015 Member

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    He has alot of potential though
  11. Randy White

    Randy White Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Absolutely.. So doe Prince.. but Prince is 6'1, 210 lbs, just as fast, if not faster, and more stout against the run, than Harris is.

    In a case were both players have similar to equal abilities, ( putting aside off the field issues and personalities ) always go for the bigger guy. The rest is up to the football gods and coaching because nobody really knows how any of this cats is going to turn out.
  12. Trace1015

    Trace1015 Member

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    Lol yea your right my knock on prince is he plays slow sometimes or stiff Harris just seems more fluid
  13. fortdick

    fortdick Well-Known Member

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    Trade down! Let's get him! Will anyone take Witten for him?
  14. Randy White

    Randy White Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I agree.. As a matter of fact, that's one of the reasons why I'm not sky high on Prince, and I'm a Husker fan. Harris is a natural CB. He's always played that position. Prince is a converted RB and he shows it. That doesn't mean he sucks or he's not going to develop into a Pro Bowler, but he's not as fluid as you'd like a CB to be.

    Problem with Harris though, is that he's never really lived up to the rep. Then you look at his size and it's not exactly eye popping. Again, that doesn't mean he sucks or not worth drafting, but just not as high as some people have him. Perhaps if he ends up in Baltimore or Chicago or Pittsburgh, where the system and/or coaches ( and even peer pressure ) forces the player to at the very least live up to expectations ( or they're gone ) he'd finally develop into the player he should be, but if he ends up in a system that's not as a strict environment, or that doesn't have those ground rules, there's a big risk that he doesn't.

    That's basically what happened to him ( along with the other recruits from those high touted classes ) at the " U ".
  15. mickswag

    mickswag Well-Known Member

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    I was really high on Harris as well. I saw him play in the Sun Bowl when I went ot the game and came out a bit worried. Malcolm Floyd has his way with him. Harris also seemed to play without any kind of enthusiasm or energy and that was since the start of the game. He also was afraid to stick his neck in and help against the run. He played very lackadaisical.
  16. Trace1015

    Trace1015 Member

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    Same with peterson it may not be right but ithink they were trying not to get hurt knowing it was their last game
  17. garyv

    garyv Well-Known Member

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    I think his Bowl Game dropped him from any early consideration especially in the top 10. I would consider him in the low 1st or early 2nd Rounds.
  18. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    If we miss out on one of the top 2 CBs, Harris is a great pick.
  19. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    If one game dropped you from consideration, then Tom Brady is garbage since he lost in the playoffs and lost that SB to the Giants.

    I hate when people use one game as a measure for someone's base of talent.
  20. burntricersx

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    I don't believe he's considered to be a top 10 pick...he's projected to be late first round and if we do want him, we'd trade down to get him. That'd be ideal considering we have many holes to fill and he'd cost a lot less than Peterson who will be gone fast and Prince. Prince scares me that he won't be able to handle the speed of the NFL. He doesn't have the catch speed that Harris has. Yes, Harris can be lackadaisical at times, but that can be coached and worked on. The extra gear or closing speed can't be taught.

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