Nov 21, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcell Harris (26) reacts against the Florida Atlantic Owls during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marcell Harris: Path to the draft

After three years of playing at The University of Florida, safety Marcell Harris’s dream of playing in the NFL is slowly becoming a reality. Harris has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Harris announced the decision on Instagram, saying he “became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen,” while sitting out.

Harris tore his right Achilles tendon in July of 2017 causing him to miss all of last season. As he prepares for the combine, he looks to show teams that the injury is behind him and better days are ahead.

When asked about his injury status Harris had this to say “God blessed me to put me in the position that I’m in and every day I’m getting better.”

Harris has been in Pensacola, FL training with EXOS as he prepares for the NFL combine.

“It’s a very slow process just because we train every day. It’s kind of tedious because it’s a 24/7 type thing. You gotta get your mind and body ready.”

Harris views himself as a leader on the defensive side of the ball. His mindset is always in a good place and he plans on showing teams that he’s positive and always ready to work. “Whatever it’s going to take to get myself to the next level I’m ready to do it.”

As a Gator

During his time at Florida Harris played in 37 games and racked up a total of 102 tackles.  Harris had a career-high 11 tackles twice as well as two games with two interceptions, last against South Carolina in 2016.

The University of Florida has a long history of getting defensive backs drafted. With names like Joe Haden, Keanu Neal and Brian Poole floating out there it will be interesting to see where Harris ends up.

The NFL draft starts on April 26th and will go until April 28th.

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