Throughout the past few days, the NFL has released their Top 100 players from last season. Once again, Chris Harris Jr. continues to get disrespected.
It is no stranger to Broncos Country that Chris Harris Jr. has performed well throughout his time with the Denver Broncos. He has truly become one of the league’s best shutdown cornerbacks. Even with his abilities, it seems that he continues to get disrespected by his peers.
The NFL Top 100 concludes Wednesday night and there will only three Denver Broncos players on that list. Bradley Chubb came in at number 82, Phillip Lindsay at number 68, and Von Miller will be somewhere in the top ten.
Who was not on that list? Chris Harris Jr. It just amazes me that he does not even get himself on the first ten players of the Top 100. The three years prior, Chris Harris was the number 52 player in 2016, 63 in 2017, and 86 in 2018. It makes little sense why he does not get as much attention than some of the other cornerbacks.
Perhaps it is because he is a player that does not get a lot of interceptions. (19 since entering the league in 2011) Maybe it is due to his lack of pass breakups. (83 in career) But there is one thing that you cannot deny. And that is since he started his emergence in the league, not a lot of quarterbacks are looking in his direction.
If his numbers are that low in the pass breakup and interception category, then quarterbacks should throw his way. But they are not. What I think the NFL does not understand is how well Chris Harris Jr. does in coverage.
Perhaps his numbers are low because he is limiting your best or second best wide out. I bet if you looked at each game and focused on who he was covering that day, the numbers could be low or nonexistent.
Right there is where Chris Harris Jr. thrives. He might not be the guy who will record the most interceptions in what has turned into a pass happy NFL, but he is making sure to eliminate one player the quarterback can throw to. And that can make a huge difference in a game.