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Cary Harris (CB)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 187
College: USC
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Pacoima, CA
High School: Notre Dame
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Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 10 (183)
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Pick Analysis: Harris has a solid press technique. He will be able to get up in the face of opposing wide receivers and play off of that. He ran very slow in his pro day, but he understands the position. His lack of speed could be his toughest hurdle to overcome in the NFL.
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Overview

Scouts have paid a lot of attention to Southern Cal, and that includes Harris, a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. He lacks great size, athleticism and interception totals of many of this year's top cornerbacks, but is a tough, physical defender that some scouts feel is among the draft's most underrated at the position. Harris might fit best in the NFL in a zone scheme or even at free safety due to his instincts, toughness and reliable open-field tackling.


High School

Was a 2004 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, EA Sports All-American honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team selection as a senior running back and cornerback at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.). He rushed for 1,800 yards with 24 TDs and had 81 tackles, 19 deflections, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2004. ... Notre Dame went 14-0 and won the CIF Division III championship in 2004. As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team and All-CIF Division III while gaining 1,150 rushing yards (7.5 yards per carry) with 17 TDs and posting 73 tackles, six deflections, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore Al-State and All-CIF Division III squads in 2002. In his career, Notre Dame won three consecutive CIF Division III crowns. He also ran track at Notre Dame, with a best of 10.75 in the 100 meters. Current Trojan Garrett Green also attended Notre Dame.


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Analysis

Positives: Adequate size for the position. ... Instinctive. ... Rarely out of position. ... Good zone defender. Reads the quarterback's eyes and is quick to close. ... Smooth transition and has the agility to mirror receiver's breaks. ... Competes for the jump ball. ... Tough player. ... Aggressive in run support. ... Evades blockers well, but isn't afraid to take them on if it means getting to the ballcarrier. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Breaks down in space well and delivers a solid blow.


Negatives: Questionable deep speed. ... Lacks the late burst to recover if beaten initially. ... Seems content making the secure stop rather than going for the interception. ... Some durability concerns. Underwent surgery on a sprained finger in spring 2007. Underwent surgery on both ankles in spring '08.


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