Tim Harris became the second Virginia player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers selected him with the 25th pick of the sixth round (198th overall).
After several injury plagued seasons, Harris wasn’t on many teams’ draft boards entering the sixth year of the college career, but he came on late. He posted five or more tackles two of the Cavaliers’ final four games and nabbed his only two interceptions of the year in the regular season finale at Virginia Tech and in the Belk Bowl against South Carolina.
Harris helped his cause with a solid week at East-West Shrine Game practice, and his draft stock really took off with an impressive Pro Day performance, which included a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 11 feet, 7 inches.
“The last six weeks of Tim Harris’ season was very helpful to him,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said before the draft. “Who he became, how he tackled, how durable, how tough and then his Pro Day on top of that, beside Juan Thornhill and his testing, Tim has probably benefitted from this time the most.”
Harris is headed to the Bay Area where the 49ers have more questions than answers in the secondary. Former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Akhello Witherspoon top the depth chart at cornerback, but Sherman has lost a step and is nearing the end of his career and the other two haven’t lived up to expectations.
The 49ers’ secondary produced just two interceptions last season and neither was nabbed by a cornerback.