PFF scouting report: De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Below is the PFF draft profile for Texas A&M’s De’Vante Harris which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Outside corner in cover-2 or man-coverage scheme
Stats to know:
Allowed just one touchdown and 275 yards all season in 877 snaps
What he does best:
• Has one of the best breaks on the ball in the draft class. Can sit on routes and shoot up when he reads the pass is coming
• Can flip his hips laterally and make plays on routes breaking away from him that most cornerbacks can’t get to
• Has the ability to actually run routes for receivers, has a better feel for routes and where the ball is going to end up than most corners in this class
• Could run with receivers in man coverage as well as play zone
• Allowed very little to get past him this season, surrendering only one score and a passer rating of 59.7 when targeted
• Is not a big player. 5-foot-11 and somewhere under 180-pounds, he will be considered lightweight and too small by some NFL teams, but even against receivers that were 6-foot-3 plus he allowed just 15 of 28 catches to be caught for 213 yards and no scores over the past two seasons. He has not struggled against big receivers thus far.
• Speed is a question mark. He ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine and there were plays on tape where speed looked to be a problem
• Is a little bit reckless if he doesn’t make the play at the catch point. Plays a little too all-or-nothing at times and if he doesn’t make the play will give up a bigger one than he should instead
Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants. Like Harris, Janoris Jenkins is a little all-or-nothing in his play, and is also a little undersized, though actually has more weight on him than the Texas A&M product. Jenkins will gamble at times and there is a constant battle between the big plays he makes and the ones he gives up because of how aggressive he is on those plays.
De’Vante Harris is a player that doesn’t even appear on a lot of draft boards, and is nowhere in the draft stock of many, but the tape shows a player with big-time ability. He trains with Denver Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr (no relation), and Harris has been on record talking up his ability over Twitter. He may not have the complete game of some of the top prospects — and be a little light on the measurable profile NFL teams like to see — but he has more than enough positives to his game to make him well worth the investment in mid rounds.