Saturday, April 27, 2013
Pleasant surprise for Duron Harmon
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Moments after Duron Harmon was drafted by the Patriots, Dawn Harmon asked her son the question many fans were thinking.
"Baby, where are all your clips at?"
Former Rutgers safety Harmon was projected to be a late-round draft pick -- he wasn't even invited to February's scouting combine -- but the Patriots made him the 91st overall selection on Friday night. So understandably, it caught the television networks off-guard.
"Mommy, I don't think they knew I was going today," Duron responded. "I don't think they had any clips ready for me."
Harmon said he was watching "as a fan" with his younger sister and two close friends. Little did he know that not only would he be drafted Friday night, but that he would rejoin close friend and teammate Logan Ryan, who was selected by the Patriots minutes earlier.
"I think me getting drafted overtook (my mother's) sadness about my clips," Harmon joked. "This day has really been a great day."
When the duo arrives in New England, they'll be greeted by two former Rutgers teammates: cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive end Justin Francis.
In fact, McCourty called Ryan not long after he was drafted. Harmon, recognizing the area code, thought it was the Patriots calling him back.
"Yes sir, this is Duron," the 22-year-old politely told the voice on the other line.
"Man, this is Devin!" McCourty responded. "Don't answer the phone like this. This ain't anybody in the Patriots office!"
Entering his fourth season, McCourty will take on the role of mentor to his two former teammates.
"He's very eager to get me up there," Harmon said of McCourty. "He's very easy to teach me what he knows about the defense. He's eager to play with me again."