Oct 13, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlett Knights defensive back Duron Harmon (32) during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Highpoint Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft New England Patriots Select Duron Harmon

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The New England Patriots with the 91st overall selected Rutgers safety Duron Harmon. Yes, this is one is a surprise (for lack of a better word) as some has no idea who he is other than he is a Rutgers product. If he is not one of those under the radar, I’m not sure what the definition of under the radar might be, but Bill Belichick found him.

While at Rutgers, Harmon has shown high character and is well-respected as a leader in the defense squad and is active in community service. As far as character and public figure, I can tell that he is already a fit for the Patriots organization. As we might not be so aware of his contributions on the field, Belichick must be well-aware of what he can and perhaps will do in the field.

In 2011, Harmon surfaced as one of the top safeties in the Big East Conference and his durability is quite distinct as he started in every game of Rutgers 9-4 season that concluded in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl victory. During that season, he accumulated 49 tackles and ranked second in the league with five interceptions to earn All-big East First Team accolades. In 2012 he was successful in converting from free safety to strong safety and finished the season with 50 tackles and one interception. It  looks like there could be a competition for a roster spot competition with safety Steve Gregory.

He might actually turn out to be a rare gem that Belichick just happen to pick as Mike Mayock later stated on Harmon’s profile:

“Bill Belichick knows that school like few coaches do. I had him on my board late as a late-priority free agent. I got on him late when I saw some cut-ups. I moved him up my board because I went, Wow”.

 

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