2015 NFL Draft: Anthony Harris Scouting Report

Anthony Harris                

Virginia, FS
Height: 6.0
Weight: 188
Age: 23

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Athleticism: B-

Capable of playing the role of centerfielder and can range from sideline to sideline. A fluid mover who changes directions quickly. Breaks on the football quickly but does not have elite burst either downhill or in recovery.

Coverage: C

Plays the ball well in coverage and is adept at knocking the ball out of receivers’ hands before they can secure the catch. Ballhawking safety who didn’t get the same amount of opportunities as a senior as he did as a junior. Capitalized on every opportunity he had to haul in the interception on films viewed. Willing to get physical with receivers. Bites too hard on play action at times and will get caught flat footed in coverage, leading to big plays.

Run Support: C+

Has a very lean frame, but is not a timid run defender. Is aggressive playing the run, to a fault at times, and not afraid to throw his body into the line of scrimmage. Pursues too aggressively and does not take the best angle but has the athleticism to make up for some of his bad angles at the collegiate level. Doesn’t get too hung up on blocks.

Tackling: C+

Does not tackle with much pop and is not a downhill thumper. An arm tackler for the most part and will lasso ballcarriers to the ground. Leaks some yards after contact and can let the ballcarrier slip through his arms. Does not get shaken by ballcarriers and is a very reliable last line of defense from a tackling standpoint.

Instincts: C

Instincts are just adequate. Can be too eager to play the run and will get burned when he bites on play action. Gets to the ball quickly when he identifies the ballcarrier and when the ball is in the air. Looked lost against Georgia Tech’s option offense in 2014. Does not have the hottest motor and plays with a lot of effort, just not with abandon.

Red Flags: Frame

Bottom Line: While Harris was very productive on a bad team, there are some critical holes in his game which make it difficult for him to crack a starting lineup. Harris has the aggressiveness and playmaking of a starting safety, but his instincts are lacking and he doesn’t bring much of an intimidation factor. Overall, Harris could serve as a quality backup in the NFL and could be a productive contributor on special teams.

Comparison: Kenny Ladler

Grade: 7.8 (4th Round)


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