Player: Safety Will Harris, Boston College
Pick: Round 3, 81st overall, moved up from 88 in trade with Vikings
Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 207
Workout results: Combine 40 time of 4.41; 20 reps in the bench press; 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10-3 in the standing broad jump.
Bio: From Suwanee, Georgia, a four-year player at Boston College. Played 50 games, recording 139 career tackles, 7.5 of them for loss and one sack, five career interceptions, 12 passes defensed and six fumble recoveries. A full-time starter his last three seasons after first getting noticed as a 2015 freshman playing all 13 games and starting the last three. An all-out performer, sometimes a little reckless which can lead to missed tackles.
His father, Will, played wide receiver at Mississippi State (1989-92) and was drafted in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills.
Analyst’s take – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: “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.”
Mike O’Hara’s take: The Lions look for players who fit their system, either as starters or role players. They likely have a plan for Harris, as they have with others. Speed and size alone should give Harris a chance to make an impact on special teams as he learns the system and develops.
Tim Twentyman’s take: You have to love the physical tools Harris brings to the table with size (6-1, 207) and speed (4.41). He was a four-year starter and team leader at Boston College, so he checks off all the character, culture and leadership boxes. He played both free safety and in the box, so he has some versatility to his game. He can immediately play on all special teams units and will probably find his way onto the defense sooner rather than later.
Secondary breakdown: Returning starters are cornerback Darius Slay and safety Quandre Diggs. Also back are Tracy Walker, Jamal Agnew, Mike Ford, Teez Tabor and Dee Virgin.
Offseason additions: Justin Coleman and Andrew Adams have been signed as free agents.
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