Davontae Harris

Illinois St.
CB

Prospect Info

College
Illinois St.
Hometown
Class
Wichita, KS
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
205 lbs
31 1/8”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.53
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 5 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.43u
Seconds
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.96
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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During a football game in his senior year of high school at Wichita South, Harris suffered torn small and large intestines after taking a cleat to his stomach on a tackle. He survived that injury, while also moving in with his cousins to have a better life than what was available to him at home. He excelled at track, as well as football in high school, but teams backed away after his serious injury. Illinois State stayed with him, though, and after a redshirt season, he's played well. In 2014, he played in 14 games as a reserve (14 tackles). Then the starter's job came in his sophomore season, lining up for all 13 games while being credited with 78 tackles, and a team-leading 10 pass breakups. Harris, an aware corner effective in press and with good ball skills, was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in 2016. He started 11 of 12 games and leading the conference with 15 passes defended (two interceptions, 13 breakups) to go along with 55 tackles, 5.5 for loss. Harris' stats weren't as impressive in 2017, but he still was named a second-team FCS All-American by the Associated Press and a first-team all-conference pick (57 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Harris struggles to squeeze routes in man coverage and can be beaten down the field, but he has good size and toughness and may offer a team the versatility of playing outside cornerback or safety. Harris needs to play with better anticipation to give him a head start on his transitions out of breaks, but he has a chance to be a decent backup at either cornerback or safety.
Strengths
  • Compact build with good thickness
  • Rugged against the run
  • Attacks run support duties with desired effort and energy
  • Runs through targets with good force as downhill tackler and when striking on an angle in open field
  • Good combination of size and long speed
  • Three year starter with good ball production totals
  • Shows ability to accelerate quickly after changing direction
  • Strikes pass catcher in attempt to dislodge catch
  • Has size and toughness to transition to safety
Weaknesses
  • \Hips are tight and his play is more linear than fluid in space
  • Labors to flip hips and sprint from squared position
  • Allows too much vertical separation over the top
  • Shows some panic down the field and will default to grabbing and mauling
  • Needs to do better job of reading quarterback and anticipating throws
  • Has opportunities to squeeze routes but doesn't see them

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league