Harris Will Have Meeting With Ravens

Miami CB Brandon Harris has been linked to the Ravens at No. 26.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Combine, Mike Duffy

According to Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, the Ravens have scheduled a meeting with the first-round talent over the next two days.

And the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder has been linked to the Ravens in several mock drafts at the No. 26 position.  If that does happen, Harris said he would love to play on a team with a few fellow Hurricanes.

With Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Willis McGahee and Tavares Gooden on their roster, the Ravens fit Harris’ bill.

“Those guys mean so much to us, they’re like older brothers to us,” Harris said Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.  “Now, to actually be on the field playing with a guy like [that], it feels like a security blanket.  A guy that you can go to when you have certain situations that you probably won’t have when you go to another ballclub without those Miami guys.

“It’s just a brotherhood and a fraternity within itself.”

To reach that NFL brotherhood, Harris’ biggest challenge might be separating himself from what many draft analysts have dubbed a two-cornerback race between LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara of Nebraska.

Behind those two prospects, Harris is in a group of first- to second-rounders that also includes Colorado’s Jimmy Smith and Aaron Williams of Texas.

“That’s a lot of people’s opinions, but I must say that I’ve watched Prince and Patrick Peterson a lot, and they’re two great cornerbacks, make no mistake about it,” Harris said.  “But I think we just need to come out to the Combine and show everybody that this is not just a two-person DB class, but that we all can play.”

Harris does boast a solid resume, though.  As a sophomore, he ranked second in the nation with 15 passes defensed (52 tackles, two interceptions).  Last year, he broke up eight passes, had 48 tackles and one pick. 

Despite his relatively diminutive size, Harris strongly believes he belongs

“I think it helps me to come from a system like Miami where I was able to still be aggressive and be physical with those big receivers,” said Harris.  “A lot of them don’t expect guys of my size to be able to do that.  I’m very quick in coverage.  I can run with the best of them and when I’m able to use my feet at the line and put my hands on guys, that’s something a lot of guys are impressed by.”

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