Boston College develops another well rounded safety that should be able to secure a spot as a solid special teams player. He lacks some ideal traits as a true safety but his presence is respected and if not, it is felt.
Tape: Will Harris Vs. Florida State
Strengths: Will Harris makes most of his play in the box, either as a blitzer or a run defender. His 4.41 speed show up when attacking in a straight line. Harris physical play in the box meshes well with the multiple looks NFL offense use nowadays. He can match up with TE but will needs to strengthen up to be able to play as a rotational player. Harris tackles well, both in the box and in open field. He plays a bit wild and seem to enjoy it.Harris struggles to open his hips and stay fluent with his foot transactions. Most of his speed come when running straight and change of direction affects his game. Going against shifty slot receivers will be challenging, as well as deeper double routes. His role will be limited but his versatility will be used.
Weakness: Earning the respect to cover the deeper parts of the field will take time and he’ll need to prove his way through special teams.
Draft grade: 5th-round
Best Fit: Harris can be used in all special teams from day 1. His 40y dash helped his draft status as he doesn’t come of as a fast/explosive player on tape. Harris times his blitzes well and should see some time as a DB in exotic schemes.
Player comparison: Marcus Allen