Harris progressing fast

A lot was made of the Jets trading up in the first round to land Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis. That is looking like a shrewd move.

But the Jets also made a draft day trade to move up in the second round and grab linebacker David Harris.

That move isn't looking bad either.

The Jets executed a deal to acquire Green Bay's second round pick and snagged Harris with the 47th overall selection of the 2007 draft.

A stout 6-2 243 pound linebacker from the University of Michigan, Harris was coveted by the Jets. His run stuffing ability makes him an ideal fit for Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense.

And thus far, he hasn't disappointed.

"I like what David's doing." Head Coach Eric Mangini said of Harris. "I know I've said this a couple different times, [he was] really consistent in Game Three. He does a nice job of going up and taking on the guards. He's got a good physical presence against those guys, but yet he's fluid in space which I like."

Harris has the good fortune of learning from a familiar face; linebacker coach Jim Hermann.

Prior to landing the Jets job, Hermann was the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan for nine seasons and is now reunited with his former student.

"He knows a lot about the game of football" Harris said of Herrmann. "And it makes it that much easier when you have a previous relationship with a guy, who has been in the system."

Unlike the 4-3, where an athletic 'sideline to sideline' type of linebacker is preferred, inside linebackers in the 3-4 defensive scheme are expected to fill gaps and stuff the run. In this regard, Harris is a perfect for the Jets.

Although his physical attributes may be ideal, there is a rather large learning curve any rookie must hurdle, particularly one playing a new system.

"It's a lot different." Harris said of the transition to the 3-4. "There are a lot more checks and adjustments. We are in a two-gap system now, so you have to be able to go down and punch the guard, be thick on him and be able to fall back into any of the gaps."

Thus far, Harris has made the transition well. He has steadily progressed throughout the preseason, grasping the system and continuing to mount his case for early season playing time.

He turned heads during last weekend's Jets win over the Giants, recording six solo tackles.

Eric Barton will most likely start next to Jonathan Vilma opening day. However, given his impressive play of late, Harris has shown every indication that the organization made the right move by selecting him and he should see action sooner, rather than later.

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