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Rapid reaction: Safety Duron Harmon

4/26/2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick is often good for a head-scratcher on draft day, and the selection of Rutgers safety Duron Harmon in the third round (91st overall) qualifies this year.

Harmon comes from off the radar, projected by analysts as a later-round draft choice or a free agent.

But as we've seen in past years, Belichick views things through a different lens than most, and he surely has a role for Harmon in mind, likely starting on special teams (e.g. Matthew Slater in the 2008 fifth round; Nate Ebner in the 2012 sixth round) and possibly as a future center-field type safety.

While many rate players from an overall standpoint, Belichick is often projecting how the player fits on a 53-man roster in which there aren't an abundance of openings. That's the initial instinct on the Harmon pick, although one could make a case it's early in the draft to be thinking along those lines.

The Patriots have Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson, Tavon Wilson, Steve Gregory, Nate Ebner and Harmon on a crowded safety depth chart.