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Draft Watch: Miami (Fla.) CB Brandon Harris

4/13/2011

BRANDON HARRIS

Position: CB

School: Miami (Fla.)

Scouts Inc. ranking: No. 37 overall

Bio: Two-time semifinalist for the Thorpe Award declared for the draft after his junior season. He started 32 of the 39 games he played for the Hurricanes. … Had 132 tackles (nine for losses), four interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks and 28 pass breakups in his career. … Named second-team All-ACC as a junior. … Ranked second nationally with 1.31 passes defensed per game as a sophomore. … His father, Tim, coached him at Booker T. Washington High in Miami.

Size: 5-foot-9 ½, 191 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.51

Arm length: 30 5/8 inches

Hand size: 8 ½ inches

225-pound bench press reps: 13

Broad jump: 9-foot-5

Vertical jump: 35 ½ inches

20-yard shuttle: 4.12

60-yard shuttle: 11.31

Three-cone drill: 6.77

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame games): Played both corner spots and in the slot for the Hurricanes. … He is the shortest of the corners that I have studied so far. For his lack of height, he did a nice job of playing the ball in the air. … Is taught to pedal, then turn his body inside, then work sideways. Is able to still play this technique but quickly flip his hips and work back outside to handle the out routes. … Nice technique with his hands. He can jab the receiver with his hand, then run with him and keep position. … Only saw him get beat badly once. Notre Dame's Michael Floyd beat him off the line and Harris tried to recover but stumbled as Floyd beat him for a touchdown. … Shows the quickness with the ability to carry his man across the field. Has stop-start quickness. … Is an aware player. Did a nice job of leaving his man in the Florida State game and helping a teammate in coverage deep down the field. Understands routes and how to adjust to them. … If he has a true weakness, he is not that dependable as a tackler. Thought he was a poor player at the point of attack. When the ball came in his direction, he didn’t do a good enough job of attacking it. Didn’t always maintain his leverage on the outside. Was the poorest tackler of Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara and Jimmy Smith. Is a low tackler and doesn’t do a good job of wrapping up the ball carrier. Likes to go low and chop the ball carrier down. Will miss more tackles than he makes. … Harris has the skill level to come into the league and help a team as a nickel corner right now. You see plenty of opportunities where he does this. Has a real feel for how to play man coverage and this will help him in the league when he is asked to carry receivers out of the slot. Like the quickness, awareness and ball skills but will need to develop more as a tackler.