After riding bench in rookie year, Harris making impact for Texans

Cornerback Brandon Harris made no impact on the Texans’ secondary as a second-round draft choice last season.

Fans wondered why the Texans had used such a high pick on a player who didn’t make an immediate contribution.

“I was a three-year starter at Miami, and to come in as a second-round pick and not play was a very humbling experience,” Harris said. “When I sat down and looked at it and really thought about it, it turned out to be a blessing for my career.

“I got to learn from guys like (cornerback) Johnathan Joseph. It was tough not being able to contribute as much as I wanted to, but in the long run, I think it helped prepare me for this season.”

The Texans used a second-round pick on the 5-10, 194-pound Harris because they thought they would need to develop a new cornerback to play inside. Brice McCain had struggled in 2010.

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