“I was shocked the way it happened,” Harris said. “I was getting a haircut [on Saturday], and I received a phone call. I thought it was my girlfriend, but then I see it was my agent with a 911 [message]. I called him and he said the Saints want to sign you and want the ability to activate you right away.”
Harris was officially signed by the Saints on Monday, and assigned to their active 53-man roster.
Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer said Monday that Harris will be the Saints’ fourth tackle (No. 2 reserve tackle)
“It’s such a great feeling. It’s really unbelievable,” Harris said. LINK Scouting Report
was a standout on the hardwood as a California prep, averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds. Despite weighing approximately 220 pounds as a high school senior, passed on Division I basketball offers to play football for the Bulldogs. Redshirted as a defensive lineman in 2007. Appeared in nine games in ’08, mostly on special teams, and moved to the offensive line. Started all 39 games at left tackle over his final three seasons (2009-11). Is a four-time Academic All-WAC selection.
Fairly athletic. Very quick out of his stance. Generally plays on his feet. Good leg drive. Creates some push as a down blocker. Tough, durable three-year starter. Highly intelligent. Outstanding character — well-respected and coachable with a team-first attitude. Very smart — can learn any position.
Plays short-armed. Needs to get stronger, particularly in his upper body. Technique and footwork need to be refined. Stressed by speed and flexibility to the outside. Unbalanced, inefficient puncher. Bends at the waist and slips off blocks. Average quickness to adjust or redirect — struggles reacting to counters. Is not a consistent finisher and needs to incorporate more physicality into his game. Might be too smart and overly analytical.
A big, smart, unflashy college left tackle, Harris is not as athletic as you would expect of a former basketball standout (movement skills play better in space than in tight quarters). However, he is a character player warranting draftable consideration as a versatile, developmental swing backup. Is a better run blocker than pass protector and could be best on the right side or kicking inside in the pros. Image: http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/fres/graphics/auto/Bryce-Harris-Bio.jpg Image: http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000scPpraf1pJs/s/500/500/CFS-CBS-0926790.jpg
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