And with the 31st pick of the Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select Brandon Harris, CB from Miami. It was a rough mock draft for the Steelers. I tried to go with a BPA in clusters of their needs. The biggest being CB, G and T. Make no mistake despite how good of a running team they are, they need an upgrade to anyone not named Maurkice Pouncey. However, with 5 Tackles off the board, and a need for Offensive Linemen, the last big hope was grabbed at 29 with the probably good but not great Pouncey. So here we are with their next need:
Brandon Harris Highlights (CB, Miami) (via thereaper)
He has great instincts, a pretty good football IQ and he's aggressive. One of the biggest advantages to him is his ability to flex his hips and maintain man to man coverage on receivers. After that he has great change of direction which keeps his receiver locked on double moves at the line. His speed at the Combine is not his real speed he plays faster than he does on tape. Finally he's durable, he played all of the games in the senior year as a starter
Now this is the kind of guy they need across from Ike Taylor, a guy who can fight the smaller receivers who would be closer to the Holmes, Welkers of the game. Or they can drop him to the Nickle position where he'd definitely he able to press man-to-man coverage.
Now the downsides of him. He's short, and barely breaks 200lbs soaking wet. While he has the instincts to play the ball rather than receiver he has been repeatedly beaten at the line by larger receivers in the press. He's a good tackler but in solo tackles he may not be able to take down tougher guys on his own. One of his other issues is his INTs, he's had only three in his college career and is prone to dropping the easy INT or ones he's had his hands on, so he's more of a pass deflector than anything else.
Over all while he will probably will not a multiple pro-bowler, he will be an excellent compliment to Ike Taylor and Bryan McFadden in a suspect secondary.