Harris was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round out of East Carolina, where Conference USA coaches named him the league's Most Valuable Player in 2010, and he earned first-team all-conference honors as a receiver and return specialist.
Harris, who measured 5-10 and weighed 203 pounds at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, wrapped up his career at ECU as the most prolific receiver in school history. A four-year starter, he caught 268 passes in 50 career games for 3,001 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. Originally signed as a quarterback who also had a brief stint as a running back, his career totals for catches and yards are records at a school that has never had another player even crack the 2,000 receiving yards barrier. In 2010, he set single-season school records with 101 receptions and 1,123 yards through the air and 11 receiving touchdowns.
He was the Pirates' leading punt returner — 19 for 222 yards, for an average of 11.7 per return and a long of 56 — and kickoff returner, bringing back 41 kickoffs for 839 yards, or an average of 20.5 yards per return, and a long return of 47.
Harris clocked a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, but he is an electric runner in the open field. Perhaps because he had to make defenders miss when he played quarterback in high school and then running back, he has a rare ability to elude direct hits. No, he's not a 4.3 sprinter, but he plays at least as fast as he runs against a stopwatch, if not faster.
For a guy not referred to as a "big" receiver, Harris is absolutely fearless going over the middle and wading into traffic. He probably slid to the sixth round because of his height and the fact that he dealt with some dropped passes, mostly early in his career after moving to wide receiver, but that wasn't a problem for him last year. He has excellent hands, and now runs crisp, precise routes, and when the ball is in the air, he shows exceptional body control and the ability to adjust to a ball in flight.
How he fits with the Cowboys will be interesting to see.
Miles Austin and Dez Bryant clearly are the top two receivers on the Dallas roster. Roy Williams is the No. 3 receiver, but is owed a little over $19 million over the next three seasons. Does the decision to draft Harris mean owner Jerry Jones is starting to think Williams is a little to highly paid for a third receiver? After Williams, the team has Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and converted track star and 2010 experiment Teddy Williams.
There is a lot of talent there, but Harris is talented enough to crack the rotation if he performs well in camp.
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