Will Harris

Boston College
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Prospect Info

College
Boston College
Hometown
Class
GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
207 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.36
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 3 ‧ Pick 18
40 Yard Dash
4.41u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.91
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.12
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.42
Seconds
 

Playlist

Harris has been a fixture in the secondary since late in his true freshman season. He started the final three games that year (20 tackles, one INT), playing in all 12 contests. Harris continued to start each of the team's next 26 games, making 47 tackles in 2016 (two INT, six PBU) and jumping to 83 stops the following year (5.5 for loss, one INT, three PBU). He finished strong, collecting nine stops against Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl. Harris started all 12 games as a senior, as well, making 75 tackles and intercepting one pass to earn third-team All-ACC honors. His father, Will, played receiver at Mississippi State from 1989 to 1992 and was drafted in the seventh round by Buffalo in 1993.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Bradley McDougald
Overview
Possesses adequate toughness and athletic ability to handle backup duties as interchangeable safety, but his greatest impact on a team could come as a cover talent on special teams. Harris' ability to match with pass-catching tight ends will work in his favor, but he's more of a shadow and tackle option than someone who can make plays and deter quarterbacks.
Strengths
  • Comes from football bloodlines and possesses good size and length
  • Potentially interchangeable at either safety spot
  • Tough guy willing to fly around the field
  • Size and cover talent to line up over tight ends
  • Rarely lost in coverage
  • Hearty hitter when greeting pass catchers
  • Hustles from opposite hash to offer tackle support
  • Quick trigger into the alleys
  • Tackles with good positioning and body control
  • Collected six fumble recoveries over last two seasons
  • Offers immediate coverage talent on special teams
Weaknesses
  • Lacks instincts and closing skill to disrupt in coverage
  • Guards grass rather than shading his coverage
  • Waits to see it rather than feel it from zone
  • Will get caught flat-footed at times
  • Drive from transitions gets stuck in neutral
  • Very modest ball career ball production
  • Inconsistent feel for pursuit angles allow additional yardage
  • Lacks tone-setting power in run support
  • Will catch running backs rather than running through them
  • Slow to punch and play off blocks
Sources Tell Us

"He's going to be drafted as a backup and he'll be solid for a couple of years and then you are going to look up and he's going to be starting for you. He's a solid football player." -- Former area scout for NFC team

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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