Former Oregon Duck defensive back Cliff Harris has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. Harris is a very gifted cornerback as witnessed in his Consensus All American season of 2010 when he had four interceptions with 23 passes defended which led the nation. He excels in the return game as well he brought back four punts for touchdowns in 2010 as well.
Character concerns led to Harris’s draft stock plummeting and led to him not being drafted during the seven rounds of the NFL draft. He only played in six games with the Ducks last season before being dismissed from the team in December for violating team rules. He was suspended for the season opener against LSU after a speeding incident over the summer. He was then suspended by Coach Chip Kelly in October after being pulled over while driving with a suspended license, not providing the proper insurance and driving without a seatbelt.
Harris, arguably, could be the most talented player not drafted and could be a huge steal for the Eagles. The Eagles traded away cornerback Assante Samuel to Atlanta prior to the draft so Harris will have an opportunity to stick with the team. The Eagles only drafted one defensive back during the draft when they took Georgia corner Brandon Boykin in the fourth round. Harris could also split time on special teams returning punts with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Eagles rookie camp begins in two weeks.
As a side note, the Eagles also signed fellow Pac-12 member Chris Polk from Washington. Polk did not get drafted during to injury concerns to his shoulder. As a First Team All-Pac 12 member last season, the running back rushed for 1,488 yards with 12 touchdowns (16 overall).
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