A semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (given to the nation's top defensive back) and an All-ACC selection as both a sophomore and a junior, the Miami native declared for the draft following the Hurricanes’ 7-6 season. During this campaign, Harris recorded 44 tackles and a team-high 10 pass break-ups in leading a Canes secondary that ranked second in the nation in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense.
Harris’ older brother Tim Jr. ran track at Miami, but “Brandon Harris is no track athlete in a helmet and shoulder pads,” writes Jeff Reynolds of The Sports Xchange.
“He was the most natural, free-moving cornerback in drills at the combine, whereas tightly wound [Patrick] Peterson and [Prince] Amukamara did enough to be considered cornerbacks, Harris looked like the natural athlete who some scouts have also said has the best overall instincts at the position in the 2011 class.”
Selected by the Houston Texans late in the second round, their third straight defensive selection after J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed, it's clear that the team is looking to bolster things on the defensive side of the ball. Harris is a terrific athlete who should get a shot to contribute from the get-go.
Draft grade: A-