Houston Texans Trade Up, Select CB Brandon Harris In 2nd Round

I thought I had a break to eat some dinner while we waited for the third round. Wade Phillips had different ideas as the Houston Texans traded their 3rd and 5th round picks to New England for the 60th overall pick. With the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, your Houston Texans selected cornerback Brandon Harris from the University of Miami (FL).

Join me after the jump where I talk about yet another Hurricane for your Texans.

This is not the same regime that was drafting last season. They are going after the guys they want, avoiding tight ends, and adding talent to the widely-mocked defense. Make no mistake, Brandon Harris is talent.

Adding a fifth rounder to turn a third round pick into 60 is a decent value move. When you add someone who was being mocked in the first round at 60? It's a really good move on Houston's part. The University of Miami has had one of the nation's better pass defenses over the past few years. The leader of the unit, Brandon Harris can make plays on the ball. Over the past two seasons, Harris had 28 plays on the ball (passes defensed and interceptions). Let me say that again: our new defensive back broke up 28 pass plays. He's shown to be a willing tackle, has some of that famous speed from The U, and will of course bring a confident attitude to a shaky secondary.

This is probably the first step to move Glover Quin to free safety. Houston needs a veteran to sit atop the depth chart, but we'll worry about that later. Harris is a good talent who improves the secondary, likely in the slot for his rookie season, and his value at 60 is tremendous. Bravo, Texans. That's a move that shows some urgency to improve.
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