The 49ers took yet another defensive back in the 2018 draft, this time Safety Marcell Harris out of Florida. Harris is coming off an achilles injury.
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Harris’ father, Mike, was a defensive back for the Gators in the mid-1990s, and his nickname was “Mud.” The younger Harris’ name is definitely not “Mud” after his breakout 2016 season, where he loomed large in coverage and as a big hitter in the secondary. He started eight of 13 games played at safety, including the final four, compiling 73 tackles, four for loss, two interceptions, a pass break-up, and a forced fumble. Harris was a key reserve at safety and special teams in his freshman (12 games, seven tackles) and sophomore (one start in 12 games, 22 tackles) seasons. The Under Armour All-American was coveted by many of the top programs of the country coming out of Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School. His 2017 season was lost when he suffered an Achilles injury before fall camp.
Harris has made just nine starts during his career and is coming off one of the more troubling injuries a football player can suffer with a torn Achilles. While the deck is stacked against him, he does have NFL size and he’s proven to be a productive special teams contributor while at Florida. Harris isn’t a bad football player but his below average speed and recovery from an Achilles tear will make it hard to land a spot.
Possesses high personal character and is well-liked inside the building according to scouting community
Carries NFL-ready frame
Striker with attitude when lurking in middle of the field
Plays like an alpha
Plays with decent anticipation in coverage
Good quicknes to plant and drive
High achiever on special teams
Posted 18 career special teams tackles
Missed all of 2017 with Achilles tear
Played in just 27 career games with nine starts
Very tight through hips
Feet barely seem to come off ground when he runs
Will struggle to match routes in man
Recovery speed is below average
Box safety only on the next level
Possesses average range as tackler and in coverage
Limited by a lack of deep speed