In a move that many Texans fans figured (hoped?) was coming, James Palmer reports that the team has cut Brandon Harris.
Source: #Texans have released CB Brandon Harris. Harris was a 2nd round pick in 2011 (60th overall) by the Texans.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 30, 2014
When the Texans traded back up into the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft to select Brandon Harris, reaction was overwhelmingly positive. If you want a taste of exactly how much Texans fans applauded the move, check out the BRB post announcing Harris' selection and the Comments thereto.
Personally, I freaking LOVED the trade up to get Harris. My son was born just a few days before the 2011 NFL Draft, and I remember a buddy of mine came over to my house to watch the second and third rounds. When word of the Texans trading back into the second round broke, I told my friend I hoped it meant the team was about to draft Brandon Harris. They did, and I can recall this as clear as day more than three years later, I pumped my fist in excitement over the announcement. Kareem Jackson had been awful as a rookie in 2010, and I thought the Texans had just taken a gigantic step toward addressing their horrendous secondary.
As with many, many, many, many, many other things, I was horribly wrong.
Throughout his three plus seasons in Houston, Brandon Harris was never a good NFL cornerback. In fact, I think it's fair to say Harris never even approached the point where you could label him anything but a glaring liability in coverage. I kept expecting the light to come on, for him to figure things out, to make that leap; it simply never happened. Harris was consistently outplayed by almost every other defensive back on the Texans' roster from 2011 forward. When Harris did see the field, it meant good things for the opposing offense far more often than not. To say Brandon Harris was anything but a bust for the Houston Texans would be grossly inaccurate.
That said, I wish Harris well in continuing his professional football career. It didn't work out in Houston, but that's not to say he can't find success elsewhere. Here's hoping that happens.