Countdown to draft: Brandon Harris
Apr/14/11 01:12 AM Filed in: Brandon Harris
As part of the online coverage leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will look at prospects who could be available for the Ravens with the 26th overall pick.BRANDON HARRIS
Key statistics: Broke up 15 passes in 2009 and 10 in 2009
Pro Football Weekly ranking: 3rd among all defensive backs
Why Ravens should draft him: A mentally tough coach’s son, Harris is football smart and instinctive. He’s aggressive which shows up in his stats. Not only does he break up passes, Harris forced five fumbles the past two years.
What should concern Ravens: Harris has one glaring weakness – size. The Ravens are looking for a corner who is taller than 6 feet, and Harris measured a disappointing 5-9 at the NFL combine. It didn’t help when he struggled to match the size of Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd in the Sun Bowl.
What they’re saying: “I love the game of football. It’s not just something I do just to do. I was born into this game. I think my love for the game and passion separates me from a lot of people.” -- Harris
Interaction with Ravens: Met with the Ravens at the NFL combine in February
Bottom line: There is little doubt that Harris will be there when the Ravens pick at No. 26. He’s considered a safe pick and projects to be a dependable starter. But Harris lacks the size that the Ravens desperately want at cornerback. If the Ravens pass on him, the Steelers could jump on him five picks later.