Is it just me, or has David Harris made the leap from underrated to overrated about as quickly as any player ever? I'm genuinely curious if anybody else sees it this way, or if I'm on an island Ochocinco style.
Realistically, he is the best option available to the New York Jets. There's no good argument against that. He fits very well into the scheme we run and no one on earth could question his toughness, dedication and football smarts. We probably could not do better this offseason. But I can't help but cringe when I hear people call him one of the best middle linebackers in the game. I certainly wouldn't put him in tier A ( Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher) but there's no shame in that. The only two players I can even think of as close to being as important to their team as those three guys would be Curtis Lofton and Jon Beason. Tier B would be Lofton, Beason, Stephen Tulloch, Barrett Ruud, James Laurianitis, Jonathan Vilma, Kirk Morrison, London Fletcher, DJ Williams, Karlos Dansby, DeMeco Ryans and maybe EJ Henderson. That's not even counting up and coming talents like Rolando McClain or Desmond Bishop, or perpetually injured players who would be in tier B if they could stay on the field like Paul Posluzsny or Gary Brackett. On a talent scale, is David Harris as good as any of those guys? Does he belong in the conversation of top ten in the league when he might not even be top 25 talent-wise?
David Harris is very good at what we ask him to do. He's an amazing run stopper and a halfway decent blitzer. I'm not calling him a scrub, but I just can't help but feel like people may think a bit too highly of him.
Then again, maybe I'm just enamored with playmaking MLBs and am not content with a guy who is merely a stalwart at his position.