Victor "Macho" Harris
5-11/197 Virginia Tech
Pros: Has top athleticism with good speed, hips, and burst. Has good ball skills. Can read the QB, jump the short routes, and has a nice feel for zone. Is a dangerous return threat because of his speed and burst. Has good hands. Can deliver the hit in run support and is effective there.
Cons: Gives up too much cushion at times, relying on athleticism to make up for his mistakes. Despite effectiveness, is just an average tackler and doesn't seem interested in playing the run. Lacks discipline. Looks to bounce the ball outside too much as a punt returner.
Overview: Harris is a DeAngelo Hall clone. He has the athleticism to be a top corner at the next level, but doesn't do much of the little things to accomplish it. Is a dangerous guy when the ball is in his hand and worked on offense on screens and reverses, but probably won't get much reps there in the pros.
NFL Forecast: Harris will likely start at the next level. He's just too talented an athlete not to. But whether he lives up to his potential remains to be seen. Does he want to do the little things to become a top corner? Not sure. As he seems content to continue to get by just with his athleticism. So it's not really a question of whether Harris will be an effective starter, because I believe he will be. But how good a starter will he be. Like Hall, I think there's a fairly good chance he's a perennial underachiever because of his lack of discipline, character, and work ethic. Like Hall, you may have seen that Harris has essentially peaked as a player because of questions whether he will work to improve from this point on.
ATL Forecast: Considering the Falcons have already had one DeAngelo Hall, you would think they would avoid another. Harris would be a capable starter here in Atlanta, with the potential to be a top corner that can stop the top-level receiving talent. But considering that this team was unable to make Hall into a consistent top-level corner, I'm not conﬁdent they could do it with Harris.
Value: Harris has ﬁrst round talent, but I would take him in the second round because of his lack of discipline, and questions about whether he can signiﬁcantly improve.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 4.0
ZONE COVERAGE: 3.5
BALL SKILLS: 3.0
Scouting Reports of cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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