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Cary Harris

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 187 | College: Southern California
 
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Overview

Scouts have paid a lot of attention to Southern Cal, and that includes Harris, a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. He lacks great size, athleticism and interception totals of many of this year's top cornerbacks, but is a tough, physical defender that some scouts feel is among the draft's most underrated at the position. Harris might fit best in the NFL in a zone scheme or even at free safety due to his instincts, toughness and reliable open-field tackling.

Analysis

Positives: Adequate size for the position. … Instinctive. … Rarely out of position. … Good zone defender. Reads the quarterback's eyes and is quick to close. … Smooth transition and has the agility to mirror receiver's breaks. … Competes for the jump ball. … Tough player. … Aggressive in run support. … Evades blockers well, but isn't afraid to take them on if it means getting to the ballcarrier. … Reliable open-field tackler. … Breaks down in space well and delivers a solid blow.

Negatives: Questionable deep speed. … Lacks the late burst to recover if beaten initially. … Seems content making the secure stop rather than going for the interception. … Some durability concerns. Underwent surgery on a sprained finger in spring 2007. Underwent surgery on both ankles in spring '08.

2008 Season

The experienced, reliable Harris started for his third season at cornerback as a senior in 2008 and once again proved effective. Overall in 2008 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 11 (all but Washington State and Arizona), he had 38 tackles, including 4 for losses of 7 yards, plus had 6 deflections, a team-best 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. He had arthroscopic surgery on both ankles prior to 2008 spring practice. He made 2008 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He was an East-West Shrine Game invitee.

He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss) at Virginia and a stop against Ohio State, then had 7 tackles at Oregon State and 6 against Oregon. He added 6 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a deflection against Arizona State. He then had 3 tackles (1 for a loss) at both Washington State and Arizona, a deflection at Washington, a tackle and a deflection versus both California and Stanford, an interception against Notre Dame and 2 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection at UCLA. He made 5 tackles, a forced fumble (USC recovered it, setting up a Trojan touchdown) and an interception (in the end zone on the game's final play) against Penn State.

2007 Season

Harris started for his second season at cornerback as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while starting 12 games (all but Washington), he had 48 tackles, including 2 for losses of 5 yards, plus 7 deflections, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble. He dislocated his right shoulder against Washington State and missed the Washington game. He was a 2007 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick. He had 2 tackles against Idaho, 7 at Nebraska, 1 against Washington State, 5 against Stanford (with 3 deflections) and 6 versus Arizona. He had 2 tackles (1 for a loss) and forced a fumble that USC recovered at Notre Dame, then had 4 stops at Oregon, 3 tackles and a deflection against Oregon State, 2 tackles at California, another 2 at Arizona State (with a deflection), then 4 stops with a deflection against UCLA. Against Illinois, he had a team-best 10 tackles (1 for a loss), plus an interception and fumble recovery (both led to USC touchdowns) and a deflection. He had surgery on a sprained finger prior to 2007 spring practice.

2006 Season

Harris did a reliable job while starting most of 2006 at cornerback as a sophomore. Overall while appearing in all 13 games (he started all but Arkansas and Arizona State), he had 48 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of 3 yards, plus an interception that he returned 28 yards, 2 deflections and a fumble recovery. He also returned 6 kickoffs early in the season for 93 yards (15.5 avg.). He had 3 tackles, an interception and 3 kickoff returns for 50 yards at Arkansas, then a tackle, a fumble recovery and returned 3 kickoffs for 43 yards against Nebraska. He added 5 stops at Arizona, 6 at Washington State, 2 against Washington, 3 versus Arziona State, 4 at Oregon State and 3 at Stanford. He had a team-high 10 tackles (0.5 for loss) against Oregon, then 2 tackles and a deflection against California. He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections against Notre Dame, 2 tackles at UCLA and 4 stops versus Michigan.

2005 Season

Served as a reserve cornerback and played on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in all 13 games, he made 9 tackles and 1 deflection. He had 2 stops versus Washington (with a deflection), Stanford and UCLA.

High School

Was a 2004 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, EA Sports All-American honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team selection as a senior running back and cornerback at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.). He rushed for 1,800 yards with 24 TDs and had 81 tackles, 19 deflections, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2004. … Notre Dame went 14-0 and won the CIF Division III championship in 2004. As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team and All-CIF Division III while gaining 1,150 rushing yards (7.5 yards per carry) with 17 TDs and posting 73 tackles, six deflections, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore Al-State and All-CIF Division III squads in 2002. In his career, Notre Dame won three consecutive CIF Division III crowns. He also ran track at Notre Dame, with a best of 10.75 in the 100 meters. Current Trojan Garrett Green also attended Notre Dame.

Personal

A health promotion and disease prevention major at USC with a B- average (2.73 GPA) at USC.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 6/183 -- Cary Harris, CB, 5-11, 187, Southern Cal...A physical, underrated defender for the Trojans who brings more depth to the Bills' secondary. Average speed dropped him to the bottom of Day 2 and the Bills see him more as a cornerback than safety, which wasn't the case for all NFL evaluators.

04/05/2009 - Pro Day wrap, Player still has questions: Cary Harris, CB, USC: Hamstring injuries suffered at both the combine and at the USC Pro Day robbed Harris of the opportunity to prove his speed to scouts. He tried valiantly at USC, attempting the 40-yard dash three times and hobbling through his final run essentially on one leg in 4.89 seconds. - Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com

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