Chris Harris: The Diamond in the Rough CB For Denver
Chris Harris’ play on the field for the Denver Broncos has been nothing but extraordinary and the team rewarded him with a raise…
The Denver Broncos did not draft Chris Harris, but the franchise found a diamond in the rough. Harris entered the league in a unique spot. From day one, he had the opportunity to learn from a potential first ballot Hall of Famer, Champ Bailey.
Harris learned everything from Bailey.
Bailey taught Harris how to be a complete player in all phases of a cornerback. One of the many traits that made Bailey extraordinary is the ability to be like super glue on a wide receiver and mix it up in the running game.
Cornerbacks, at times shy away from contact in that area, but Bailey and Harris are some of the best to ever do it.
Harris took everything Bailey taught him and received a well-deserved raise. The raise is $3 million added with an opportunity to reach $10.5 million this season.
Harris lost his counterpart Aqib Talib in the offseason, but this is nothing new to Harris because he has played like a number one before.
One of the underrated traits of Harris is the flexibility to play in the slot. There’s some out there that feel this doesn’t matter. On the contrary, Harris is proving to be the ultimate cornerback and Swiss Army knife.
To think of where Harris was in the pre-draft process to now has been nothing but extraordinary.
Harris, like C.J. Anderson (now a free agent), has been a model for those who enter the league on an uphill climb. A lot like life, there will be prognosticators that feel players don’t belong. However, Chris Harris has shut up that narrative. He’s become a diamond in rough for the whole National Football League to watch.