Cliff Harris NFL Draft Profile

Cliff Harris NFL Draft Profile

Cliff Harris, Junior, Cornerback, Oregon



The Oregon defense is often overshadowed by the dynamic fast-paced offense, but the Ducks have needed some defensive playmakers to supplement their offense. Cliff Harris was one of the key defensive players en route to Oregon’s BCS National Championship game run. At the time, the 5-11, 180 pound cornerback was just a sophomore and rarely played as a freshman. However, the 2010 season was a special one for Harris. As a corner he only tallied 33 tackles, but he intercepted six passes, broke up 17 and defended 23.

Yet, Harris was a part of the explosive Oregon team as well. He is one of the most dynamic punt returners in the nation. In 2010 alone he returned four of 29 punts for a touchdown. By the end of the year most teams were smart enough to punt out of bounds.


Final Projection:

Harris’ speed will make him an attractive option for any NFL team. His efforts in 2010 earned a ton of national recognition as both a corner and a punt returner. Since he is a player who relies heavily on speed, he may opt to head to the NFL after his junior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. However, Harris will need to prove that his junior campaign can be almost as effective as his sophomore campaign before he gets serious first round consideration.

1/5/12 Update:

Well Harris did not do much to help his draft stock in 2011. He started and ended the season suspended from the Ducks and only played in six games. Coach Chip Kelly may not want him back, giving Harris few options. Ideally, Harris can get back on track and have a good senior season in 2012, but he may just opt to leave early and the character concerns will probably drop him down into the middle rounds.