Coverage - Has the size and movement skills to matchup with tight ends and bigger slots in man coverage. Not a natural route anticipator and he guesses a fair amount. Adequate with coverage spacing but he’s more reactive closing down distances than anticipatory.
Tackling - Whiffs haven’t been a major problem but he does have a tendency to come in high and he needs to reduce his aiming point. Does well to come to balance and square up. Hitting power is only average and he concedes yards after contact.
Processing - Does well to play forward with quick responses to the action in front of him. Deeper coverage drops can be challenging given his lack of route anticipation skills. Downhill trigger is excellent.
Ball Skills - Lack of route anticipation skills speak to his near non-existent ball production. Rarely gets his hands on the ball, primarily because he’s a tick late to drive on the football. Needs to sense throws quicker and drive.
Range - Wish he responses were quicker in coverage but he has terrific timed speed that shows up on tape. Does well to pursue from distance and cover ground.
Physicality - Love the way he flies around the field and competes. Brings the fight to blockers in pursuit and is never passive when given chances to be physical. Would be a more effective tackler by aiming lower.
Play Speed - Has the speed to carry bigger slots and tight ends into space in man coverage. Quick trigger firing downhill to defend the run and short passes. Not quite as fast to process or respond to routes in zone coverage.
Flexibility - Has really good control of his frame through turns and transitions. Doesn’t appear tight and his movement skills come easy. Does well to extend and tackle ball carriers outside his frame.
Versatility - Ideally suited for big slot and split zones duties in coverage. Highly effective run defender that thrives lining up closer to the line of scrimmage. Ability to make game-changing plays on the ball is missing.
BEST TRAIT - Physical Traits
WORST TRAIT - Route Anticipation
RED FLAGS - None
Appearing in 50 consecutive games, Harris is a 41-game starter for Boston College. He’s been a mainstay for the Eagles defense and offers an exciting blend of size and athleticism for the position. Harris finds success lining up in the slot and matching up with tight ends in man coverage while also highly effective playing forward against the run. While he has upside in zone coverage, route anticipation ability and ball skills are lacking. Harris profiles as a versatile defensive back that can immediately carve out a role on special teams with eventual starter upside.
Round Grade - Mid Day Three