Since Harmon is NE's most controversial selection I thought I would see what was being said before the draft. What made NE select Harmon in the 3rd round? Here are some comments and observation on his play. Enjoy!
2013 NFLPA GAME AND PRACTICES
-The safety group had some nice upside as well. The most impressive of the safeties was Rutgers’ Duron Harmon. He was easily the best athlete at the position and his breaking ability and fluid hips were very impressive. He came in at 6-0 and 198 pounds and shows very good feet and explosiveness. On one play during team he sprinted from the opposite hash to cover a drag route and came close to intercepting a pass thrown out in front of the receiver. On another short hand off play he came flying up from about 12 yards deep to stick the running back at the line of scrimmage. He definitely plays faster than his estimated 4.6 speed. http://www.optimumscouting.com/draft/articles/2013-nflpa-collegiate-bowl-scouting-recap.html
Watched this game last year, better talent this year. They are televising practices on ESPN, quick reports on what Bill Polian, McShay and Robert Smith said: S Duron Harmon, RUT – very physical; solid in coverage
Rutgers free safety Duron Harmon will need to have a good game to help his draft stock. Harmon has had a good week of practices in which analysts felt he was very physical and could at the very least be a good special teams player while he develops. http://www.ninersnation.com/2013/1/19/3893288/nflpa-collegiate-bowl-2013-tv-schedule-draft-prospects-2013-nfl-draft
Duron Harmon, SS, Rutgers - Scouts consider Harmon the best athlete at his position in this bowl game. There has been estimated 40 times for him around the 4.6 range, which is really slow. But scouts called him the most explosive defensive back at the NFLPA bowl, with great instincts. He plays faster than his “estimated” time. http://proplayerinsiders.com/nflpa-bowl-players-that-could-be-on-the-washington-redskins-radar/
Moving to the defensive backs, one who stood out was Rutgers' Duron Harmon. He has quick feet and showed that in the drills. He also showed much quicker feet than the other safeties. He was also better at diagnosing things earlier than others and was aggressive. He came up and stuck a guy. http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/blog/_/name/nfl_draft/id/8849484/2013-nfl-draft-qb-jordan-rodgers-shines-nflpa-practice