Cliff Harris: An Available DB the Chiefs Should Consider

Oct 15, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback Harris intercepts a pass near the end zone against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Autzen Stadium. (Photo Credit: Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kansas City Chiefs have a need at defensive back. Cliff Harris is a defensive back that is currently available after being unexpectedly cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last August.  He was expected to be a 2012 top 3 rookie defensive back.  After having a run-in with the law during his collegiate career related to speeding and marijuana, he didn’t even get drafted. There were a number of questions as to why he didn’t make the Eagles squad. His conditioning and an ankle injury during camp limited both his practice time and his development.

Harris had a great college career at Oregon. He was a consensus All-American in 2010 when he picked off six passes, scored four touchdowns on punt returns and led the Pac-12 in punt return average. He had eight total interceptions in his career at Oregon. Mike Florio watched him practice and noted, “he could become a solid contributor.”

With the Chiefs current DB situation, a talented player who had a few issues, and has had a year to mature, might be a great fit. Andy Reid certainly got to look at Harris through training camp while both were with the Eagles. Out head coach has also brought in several “camp bodies” already so don’t be surprised if Harris ends up being another one that could make the team in 2013.

Topics: Cliff Harris, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Jim Harper

    Interesting take on a kid that might be worth a risk. I would certainly bring him in as camp body and see what he can do.

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