2011 NFL Draft Results: The Houston Texans Select Cornerback Brandon Harris

Jake LangenkampCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2011

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Eron Riley #15 of the Duke Blue Devils grips the ball as he is tackled by Brandon Harris #1 of the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The newest member of the Houston Texans is Brandon Harris after being selected 60th in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Harris was a cornerback at the University of Miami.  The Texans traded up from their third-round pick in order to acquire Harris, costing them a fifth-round pick.

My initial impression is that I LOVE this pick.  Harris is the prototypical slot corner, which is more and more valuable in the NFL today.  Harris is a smart player that can communicate with outside corners and safeties in zone, but can cover tight ends in man coverage.

Harris also fits the mold of what the Texans love.  He was a team captain at Miami.  He was coached by his father in high school.  He is a short player at 5’9, but he plays much bigger challenging bigger receivers.  Harris was also a favorite of Deion Sanders at the Combine because of his footwork.

Harris can start in the slot from day one, and a free agent corner at CB1, and Kareem Jackson at CB2.  This would allow a switch of Glover Quin to safety.

Wade Phillips is making his presence felt in the Texans' draft room.  The defense is already incredibly better than under Frank Bush, and he hasn’t even gotten a chance to coach them yet.  With the right free agent signings, there is a lot to be excited about with the 2011 Texans.

What is your opinion about Brandon Harris?  Let your opinion be known in the comments, or hit me up on twitter (@JakeBRB).

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