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Broncos to sign defensive back Davontae Harris

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Harris will provide depth in the secondary.
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The Broncos will fly cornerback Davontae Harris to Denver and will sign him pending a physical.

Harris was drafted by the Bengals in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Illinois State. The 5’11 200lb defensive back fits the profile of other Fangio corners.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller saw Harris as a sleeper during the 2018 draft cycle:

A small-school sleeper with big potential as a nickel cover man, Davontae Harris is a tough run defender with the height (6’0”), weight (200 lbs) and speed to see the field. He’s a bit of a project coming out of Illinois State, but the tape and tools look good.

Now he’ll have an opportunity to work under strong defensive coaches in Fangio and Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. If everything works out for the Broncos, there’s a possibility Harris could wind up providing depth at both cornerback and safety. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say last year:

Harris struggles to squeeze routes in man coverage and can be beaten down the field, but he has good size and toughness and may offer a team the versatility of playing outside cornerback or safety. Harris needs to play with better anticipation to give him a head start on his transitions out of breaks, but he has a chance to be a decent backup at either cornerback or safety.

Harris fits the mold of most of the other players Denver brought in so far today: young players who fit Vic Fangio or Rich Scangarello’s systems. I look forward to studying his game.