2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.)

by Cory J. Bonini on February 28, 2011 @ 03:43:35 PDT

 


Miami Hurricanes junior cornerback Brandon Harris should be one of the first players chosen at his position in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Harris leaves Miami after having recorded 99 total tackles and three interceptions in the last two seasons.

Strengths

  • Quick feet, closes quickly
  • Fluid hips
  • Man-to-man defense - instinctual cover corner
  • Athleticism
  • Rebounds well from giving up a big play
  • Brandon Harris, draft prospect
    Cover corners at a premium
    Upside
  • Experienced starter at a major program
  • Read-and-react skills
  • Willing run defender
  • Dedicated to the game
  • Experienced blitzer

Weaknesses

  • Late to turn his head - records a lot of pass breakups rather than interceptions
  • Not physical enough against the run
  • Needs to improve his form as a tackler
  • Zone coverage

Expected draft placement

Harris is a first-round pick this April, and he could go as early as No. 13 (Detroit Lions). Expect a later first-round placement to be more likely. The Lions could use a top-flight cover cornerback, and Harris should be the best remaining player at his position once the Lions are on the clock.

Other teams that could strongly consider Harris: Philadelphia Eagles (No. 23), Atlanta Falcons (No. 27), Chicago Bears (No. 29) and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 31).  

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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