The Detroit Lions moved up from their pick in the third round at 88 to Minnesota’s 81st to grab Boston College’s safety Will Harris. I’m familiar with Harris, only because I bet on Boston College three times last fall. Though we need help at corner and edge, an inbox safety like Will Harris will be an incredible asset to the Lions secondary and special teams unit. The Lions were in the running for former New York Giant Landon Collins, but the deal fell through. With the loss of Glover Quin, the Lions needed some added depth and a possible solution if Tracy Walker doesn’t work out, although I’m certain he will be a solid starter.
Will Harris played four years at Boston College. In 47 total games, he accumulated 225 tackles, 7.5 of those being for loss, and 1 career sack. He also had 5 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 6 fumble recoveries, and a touchdown. I watched film on Will Harris against Florida State and NC State. My takeaways from what I saw was that Harris can be an effective hybrid safety/linebacker, best playing on or near the line of scrimmage. He has okay pass coverage skills, but nothing to be blown away with. The best thing about Harris is when he pressures the QB, he delivers a blow. This may or may not be a problem with the changing NFL rules to protect QB’s. The main problem I have with Harris is his open field tackling is iffy, and he is more of a hitter than a form tackler. Not a bad thing, but something to consider.
Overall, not a bad pick at 81. I think he will be a special teams star for us, before developing into a positive strong safety. I think we can see Harris be used similarly to how the Chargers use Derwin James. I’m happy about this pick.