Five questions with OL coach Pat Morris

Pat Morris talks about Kwame Harris

Q: What do you feel you need to work on most with Kwame right away?

Morris: He has to get used to your system and that type of thing. Coming out early as a junior, he's just got to slowly get himself involved and into the pro game in terms of learning the system first. Then he can get himself to start working once we get into training camp and he gets his pads on and that type of thing. Basically, he needs to learn our system first. He'll be here for one (minicamp) and then, until Stanford graduates up the road here, he'll be here for our last minicamp and the rest of the summer.

Q: What is the most impressive aspect of his physical presence?

Morris: You love his size and athleticism, but the best thing about the guy is he's lean, he's got a lean body weight. There's nothing physically you have to redo with him. You've got 310 (pounds). He's a solid 310. He measured, like, 17 percent body fat. Basically, now we just get him ready for his techniques and get him to know the system.

Q: Could he challenge for a starting position at left tackle or left guard right away?

Morris: That has to wait to be seen. I think the biggest thing with any of those guys is … We have a starting left tackle in Derrick Deese, and I think you work (Harris) at the left side, left guard and left tackle, get him used to playing over there, and you just work him in the competition. There's no rush on it, because we do have a starting left tackle. This will be a nice addition because, basically, that position has always been something we've needed and wanted.

Q: When you watch film on Kwame, is there one thing in particular that stands out which displays his athleticism?

Morris: The biggest thing is that he plays low, he has some strength and quickness, and I know he's smart. He competes. He went against (Arizona State first-round defensive end Terrell) Suggs at times and did a decent job against him. To me, a coach has got to do something. That's why I'm hired. I have to coach something out of the guy, and that's what I'm going to do. There's a lot there to work with.

Q: What sets him apart from other comparable prospects?

Morris: Just his overall athletic ability and explosion for a guy that's 6-7 and 310 pounds and who's really only a junior and played just two years in college. Very rarely does a guy with that size and that athletic ability show up in the lower rungs of the first round. Usually, you have to get those guys in the top 10. The only way you pick in the top 10 is to lose games, and that's not an option.

Niners Digest Top Stories