Will Harris- Safety BC

6-1, 207, (O) 4.41, 6.91 3-Cone! 

10'3' Broad, 36.5" Vert, 4.12 SS,

20 Reps, 31 1/4" Arms, 

1st Round Safety, But. 

By TOM

Harris is a Day Two Free Safety. But the more I watch his Tape the more I see a 1st Round Safety. His Tape is 1st Round Tape, and his Combine Numbers are 1st Round numbers. He is going to be one of the steals in the Draft on Day Two. This is a great Draft, and it might be the best Safety Draft ever? 

He is a very underrated FS, who is fast and tough as nails. "He's going to be drafted as a backup," a former scout said. "And he'll be solid for a couple of years and then you are going to look up and he's going to be starting for you. He's a solid football player." Super smart guy who will run a secondary in the NFL. 

He can lined up 20 or more yard beyond the LOS, and get to the WR on the WR screen within 5-yards. He reads run so fast and flies by his teammates to the ball. Great timing hitting the WR in the flat a second after he catches it. He is the most aggressive FS in this Draft. Terrific hitter, and can just destroy guys. He had five INTs last season, against five different teams. 

He reads it as fast as anyone in this Draft. You can see he does his homework, and reads the misdirection right in a flash. He has that quick twitch brain than a FS needs. He has the smarts to run a Secondary in the NFL. He can step into the Slot can cover the 3rd WR. He has to get bigger and stronger to survive in the NFL. 

He is a big Corner they had to convert to Safety. He played WR in high school. He garnered 650 yards receiving and 10 TD, and had 20 PBU his senior season in high school. He got bigger each season at BC. They like to bring him up in the Box. He lines up like a Strong Safety a lot. But I like him more when he covers. He is a great blitzer. He looks like a free safety, but he is great moving forward. 

He is a great blitzer. He slammed the FLA ST QB a couple of times. The second time he really hurt him. He is good in coverage. He can slam the TE as soon as he catches the ball by the marker. He can play: free safety, Cover One, Cover Two, Cover three, slot corner, and is technically the starting SS for BC but. He will flash into the backfield on the run blitz and get in on a TFL. 

The Pats really need a Safety in this Draft. With Chung's injury and McCourty contemplating retirement, Smith could be the perfect fit in the 3rd: tough, smart, great team guy, knows his job and does it, knows his responsibilities, elite classroom guy, better athlete than given credit, sacrificed stats for team, local kid, and he was voted team captain. That is just too perfect a fit to happen. 

2017 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games at strong safety … led the nation with four fumble recoveries … third on the team with 83 tackles … 5.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two pass breakups and one sack … career-high 10 tackles in his 17th consecutive start at strong safety in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17) … led BC with nine tackles and two TFLs against Wake Forest (9/9/17) … eight tackles and a QB hurry against Notre Dame (9/16/17) … six tackles at No. 2 Clemson (9/23/17) … tied his career-high and led BC with 10 tackles in the win over Central Michigan (9/30/17) … seven tackles against No. 16 Virginia Tech (10/7/17) … six tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and his first interception of the season in BC’s 41-10 win at Virginia (10/21/17) … forced two fumbles and had a pass breakup in the 35-3 win over Florida State (10/27/17) … ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week after totaling seven tackles and recovering two fumbles at Syracuse (11/25/17) … recovered a lateral 30 yards for his first career touchdown in the win over the Orange … nine tackles in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa (12/27/17).

Season's Notes:

Fighting Irish: He is more of the modern Strong Safety than the old School half an LB SS. He can run and cover the Slot guy with easy. A modern Strong Safety has to be better in coverage than moving forward in the run game. He equally excels at both. He is great at walking that line between aggressive and over-aggressive. He is one of the elite FS moving forward in this Draft. 

NC ST: He is terrific in Cover One, Cover Two, and Cover Three. He never seems to make a mental mistake in coverage. They move him all over the field: up, down, and all around. He can play the ball in the air. He does take any extra time of false steps he just charge into potion. The More I Watch Him The I like Him. He is all over the field making the smart play down after down.

He is a very aware and smart player who had a fumble recovery against NC ST. He sis great at reading run-pass in an instinct and burst in the right direction. You can see his balls skills on the field sometimes. QBs avoided throwing to his side. He can get behind the line and make the hit on the RB. Great range. He makes plays side line to side. When he reads it he gets there fast. 

Senior Bowl: He’s got some game. He could slide into the back of Day Two with a great Senior Bowl. Good FS. Doesn’t let guys get behind him. Moves up quick to the WR on bubble screen. He is a great tackler. I love how he grabs the ball , and then hits with his shoulder pads, and tries to pull the ball out as he knocks the WR backwards. He can cover like a CB. He got a an INT in drills against a WR at SB. He got in on some tackles in the Game. 

He showed great coverage in practice, and stuck his noose into the run game. He can make a play on the ball in coverage. He is a Safety who can step up in man coverage. Excellent delayed blitzer when he sees the RB stay in to block. He is elite playing behind his eyes. He read it write every time. Nice down hill hitter in the run game. Great moving backwards and forwards. He has some good hands, and can play the ball in the air like a WR. 

2018 (SENIOR): All-ACC Third Team... voted a captain by his teammates for 2018... notched five tackles vs. UMass (9/1/18)... grabbed his first interception of the season and totaled eight tackles at Wake Forest (9/13/18)... recovered a fumble and had six tackles at Purdue (9/22/18)... seven tackles against Temple (9/29/18)... registered nine tackles, recovered a fumble and added 0.5 TFL at No. 23 NC State (10/6/18)... made five tackles vs. Louisville (10/13/18)... totaled nine tackles vs. Miami (10/26/18)... posted five tackles at Virginia Tech (11/3/18)... notched eight tackles, including five solos, against Clemson (11/10/18)... credited with six tackles at Florida State (11/17/18)... tallied six tackles and a quarterback hurry vs. No. 19 Syracuse (11/24/18).

Harris VS FLA ST:

He's a true Strong Safety, who can play it like a FS. He can play Cover One, Cover the Slot guy, and come up and hit the WR. (:01). He was BC's starting Strong Safety last season, and they like to run blitz him (:14). He is really more CB than LB, but they like to play him like a SS too much. I think he can be an NFL Free Safety (:24). But he is a blur blitzing to the QB. He really showed his speed and quicks that he tested at, at the Combine, when blitzing. 

It looks like Cover One, because he's on the Seam. He is covering over the Trips. They set up the WR screen (:33). Watch how fast he snaps inside on the Draw. It fooled me, not him. He forced two fumbles in this Game. He is an underrated hitter. 

He flies up so fast on the WR screen. That was 3rd and 17, and you know he was lining up at the Markers (:45). Watch him flash past all his teammates to get to the RB on the edge (:57). They like to blitz him a lot (1:07). It's risky, but he never seemed to get out of position. 

He has that knack for hitting the quarterback (1:18). Just watch the aggression in coverage. He knocked the WR's block off, and stopped him from getting the 1st, with a perfectly timed hit (1:29). He can put pressure on the QB (1:42). He had to go all the way across the field to tackling the RB as the last line of defense (1:51). I love watching this guy (2:03). He lined up on the Seam a lot. He loves the physical stuff, and will stick his nick in a pile when he doesn't have to.

They like to keep Lukas over the Number One WR on the QB's right. That gives Harris 3/4s of the field most of the time, like he is more of a FS. He picked up the Slot WR over the top. He had no trouble running with the receiver in coverage (3:06). He shifted into more of a Cover Two safety. You can see the QB wanted to go to the Slot guy Harris was covering (3:26). So he forced it, too low and outside were Harris couldn't possibly get it.

He slipped over to the other Seam, and moved up. He keyed run off something. He charged forward to the RB, and when he stay in to block he tried to hit the QB (3:37). He maintained his discipline and stayed in front of the speed WR on the reverse (3:50). He gets so aggressive sometimes that it is important to point out that he doesn't get over aggressive. He is protecting the short seam, and he doesn't charge forward or across the field. He maintains his position and doesn't let the running QB get behind him, because he is the last line of defense. He always maintains his discipline even though he is so aggressive moving forward. 

He does a nice job in Cover Three staying behind the ball (4:04). He reads run fast. When the big WR put his hands on him he threw him to the ground lol (4:16). He is in deep Cover One protecting the Marker. He comes into view to smack down the WR near the marker, timing his hit perfectly as the ball arrives (4:26). He is always in control and knows what he is doing. The WR was not getting the 1st down even if he caught the ball. 

FLA ST made sure to pick him in the blitz after the first few hits (4:43). He will also cover the big TE (4:54). He followed the TE in motion. He stayed with the big TE (5:24). He got outside to set the edge (5:33). Nice coverage on the Slot TE (5:47). He protected his side, and the RB ran across the field on the misdirection run (5:57). But Harris chased him all the way across the field and got his hands on him. How did that RB slip that tackle?

Lined up in the Slot. He covered the H-back (6:14). Slot Corner. He blitzed and forced the quick throw, and the Slot guy didn't get the 1st. Wow! That was some home field refereeing there (6:31). Back in Cover Three. He moves to the right spot consistently/ So the RB ran into him (6:53). He moved up to the edge like an OLB. Watch the great burst forward on the blitz to force the bad throw (7:33). He impacts the offense on every level.  

Harris Vs FLA ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqjPNoEahDs

Harris' Official Bio:

HARRIS’ CAREER HIGHS: Tackles: 10 (2x), last vs. Central Michigan, 9/30/17. Tackles for a loss: 2.0 vs. Wake Forest, 9/9/17. Interceptions: 1 (5x), last at Wake Forest, 9//13/18. Forced Fumbles: 2 vs. Florida State, 10/27/17. Fumble Recoveries: 2 (2x), last at Syracuse, 11/25/17Sacks: 1 at Virginia, 10/21/17.

2018 (SENIOR): All-ACC Third Team... voted a captain by his teammates for 2018... notched five tackles vs. UMass (9/1/18)... grabbed his first interception of the season and totaled eight tackles at Wake Forest (9/13/18)... recovered a fumble and had six tackles at Purdue (9/22/18)... seven tackles against Temple (9/29/18)... registered nine tackles, recovered a fumble and added 0.5 TFL at No. 23 NC State (10/6/18)... made five tackles vs. Louisville (10/13/18)... totaled nine tackles vs. Miami (10/26/18)... posted five tackles at Virginia Tech (11/3/18)... notched eight tackles, including five solos, against Clemson (11/10/18)... credited with six tackles at Florida State (11/17/18)... tallied six tackles and a quarterback hurry vs. No. 19 Syracuse (11/24/18).

2017 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games at strong safety … led the nation with four fumble recoveries … third on the team with 83 tackles … 5.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two pass breakups and one sack … career-high 10 tackles in his 17th consecutive start at strong safety in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17) … led BC with nine tackles and two TFLs against Wake Forest (9/9/17) … eight tackles and a QB hurry against Notre Dame (9/16/17) … six tackles at No. 2 Clemson (9/23/17) … tied his career-high and led BC with 10 tackles in the win over Central Michigan (9/30/17) … seven tackles against No. 16 Virginia Tech (10/7/17) … six tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and his first interception of the season in BC’s 41-10 win at Virginia (10/21/17) … forced two fumbles and had a pass breakup in the 35-3 win over Florida State (10/27/17) … ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week after totaling seven tackles and recovering two fumbles at Syracuse (11/25/17) … recovered a lateral 30 yards for his first career touchdown in the win over the Orange … nine tackles in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa (12/27/17).

2016 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at strong safety … recorded 47 total tackles, including 34 solo stops … notched one tackle-for-loss and four breakups … had two interceptions with 64 return yards … part of the defense that ranked on eight top 10 lists, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27) … recorded first interception of the season against Massachusetts (Sept. 10) … tallied a career-high eight tackles at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17) ... registered first career tackle for a loss against Buffalo (Oct. 1) ... nabbed an interception against Syracuse (Oct. 22) ... recorded three tackles in the win at NC State (Oct. 29) ... tallied four tackles against Wake Forest (Nov. 26).

2015 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in all 12 games, including three starts at strong safety to close the season … had a combined 20 tackles, forced one fumble and made one interception … recorded his first career interception in the season opener vs. Maine (Sept. 5) … registered one tackle and a pass breakup in the Northern Illinois game (Sept. 26) and a solo stop at Duke (Oct. 3) … tallied two solo stops at No.5/6 Clemson … followed a four tackle performance at Louisville (Oct. 24) with a career-high, five-tackle game and one forced fumble against Virginia Tech (Oct. 31) … notched three solo stops in each of the final two games against Notre Dame (Nov. 21) and Syracuse (Nov. 28)

HIGH SCHOOL: Named the 2014 NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year ... also earned NEPSAC Class A Division All-Star and First-Team All-New England honors ... named a captain as a senior … played for head coach LJ Spinnato … recorded 77 tackles, 20 pass breakups and three interceptions as a senior ... also tallied 650 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on offense ... helped lead the Wild Boars to the 2014 NEPSAC Bowl Championship title.

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