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Bo Harris Player Profile

December 10th 2011 15:25
Bo Harris was a left outside linebacker who played with the Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons from 1975-1982. A third rounder out of LSU, Harris would wear the No. 53 and would be worth 44 AV during his entire career. Pro-Football Reference's similarity score says that Harris's career was similar to current linebackers Karlos Dansby and D.J. Williams.

After a poor rookie year in which Harris didn't really have much of a chance to play, he had the best season of his career as a sophomore in the NFL. He was worth 10 AV and picked off two passes while also recovering two fumbles and fumbling once on his own. The net return yardage on those four turnovers was -5, and he had 13 fumble return yards on five fumble recoveries in his career (2.6 yards per fumble return).

A season later, Bo Harris also played in 14 games and picked off two passes. Although he did nothing else, he still had a decent season. 1978 was a year to forget for Harris, as he played in only half of the team's games, was worth just 1 AV (tied for his career low as a rookie in 1975), and the only thing he did was recover a fumble.

In 1979, Harris got back on track and played in 15 games, setting a career high at the time. He didn't do much that year and was mediocre overall, and the same can be said about his 1980 season. However, Harris did get on the stat sheet that year with two fumble recoveries for a career-high 15 yards.In 1981, Harris played in 16 games; the most in his career. He started in all of them, picked off two more passes, and he had 92 total interception return yardage due to a 49 yard return. He was worth 8 AV, after being worth 5 or less for the previous three seasons.

1982 was the last season of Bo Harris's career, but it was a solid one in the nine games he played and started in. Harris had one interception, but the important thing is that he returned it 62 yards for the only touchdown of his career. He also had two sacks in the first year that this statistic was recorded, so it was a solid 29-year-old, final-season campaign for Harris.

Bo Harris finished off his career with 103 total games appeared in to go with seven picks for 168 total yards returned on those INTs. He was a slightly above-average LOLB who had a key interception in a Wild Card game in 1982 against the Buffalo Bills. Harris would return it for 16 yards in a narrow 28-21 victory at the age of 28 (his second-to-last season).
Bo Harris
8-year LB with Bengals

2/2011 Team Scope: Denver Broncos

February 28th 2011 16:02
I like John Elway as the new Broncos' owner. He is making the majority of the team decisions public, which is nice because the fans get more of an idea of what their favorite team is doing. I hate GM Brian Xanders, and I will continue to hate him. He makes awful trades and decisions, and then he blames it on his coach who just happens to be a high profile one in the midst of a minor scandal which gives him adequate reason to fire the said coach. That being said, I love Denver's new coach John Fox. I have met him, and I think he is one of the best defensive minds of the past decade as well as a great people person. Players love to play for Fox. He handles everything systematically and diplomatically. Fox will bring something to this punchless defense.

Speaking of defense, that will be the Broncos' primary need heading into the draft. The Broncos will most certainly take a defensive player with the number one pick, and that player will probably be defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. He will fit whatever scheme the Broncos choose. Bowers led the NCAA last year with 15.5 sacks, and he is also a stout end against the run as well as a leader. The Broncos will definitely need all the rush D they can get. Let's take a look at the Broncos' current roster.

I think Kyle Orton should be the starter for Denver. Tim Tebow doesn't look like a true QB, but he isn't a bad player. I think he looks like a solid player right now, but Orton is far more accurate as a passer and is more efficient. He gets the ball downfield. Knowshon Moreno is a solid running back, but he is injury prone. Correll Buckhalter is an adequate backup. Brandon Lloyd is a speed demon that goes deep well. Jabar Gaffney is a solid veteran that provides some run blocking. Eddie Royal is speed and nothing else. DeMaryius Thomas has a ton of ability if he can get healthy, and fellow sophomore-to-be wideout Eric Decker is a sleeper for a nice year. They have depth, but they don't have much star power. However, I think the Broncos are fine at receiver.

Ryan Clady is one of the best offensive linemen in the league, and right tackle Ryan Harris is also a stud. Chris Kuper is a solid right guard, so the Broncos have a good foundation there. However, they need more depth on the O-Line. Their lack of depth showed last year when the injury bug took its chomps. Daniel Graham is a horrible tight end, and they need to upgrade at TE. Graham doesn't cut it. This offense is solid and gets the job done, but it isn't great. After this coming season, they need to assess where their wideouts are in their standing with the team. They need to cut and replace when needed, but that comes next year. For now, they have to wait and see.

The defense is where everything gets interesting. Jamal Williams is a great veteran nose tackle, but the depth at the position is really bad. Louis Leonard and Ronald Fields are terrible. If the Broncos ever want to think about using a 4-3 package- Fox's favorite- they are going to need to get a depth guy. Drafting Da'Quan Bowers would solve the problems at end. Justin Bannan isn't really a true end, and Kevin Vickerson is a poor player.

Elvis Dumervil is one of the best outside pass rushers in the game. Having him back will really boost the Broncos. DJ Williams is a great tackler that will get his mojo back. I hate RILB Wesley Woodyard. He was one of the worst players this past season, and it was no surprise when you look at just how terrible he is. They really need to start Mario Haggan over him.

Champ Bailey isn't getting any younger, but he is still a beast. Andre Goodman- 2 CB- and Perrish Cox- 3- should switch spots on the roster. Cox is a solid corner, but Goodman is a liability. Goodman might be okay as a nickel corner. Brian Dawkins is done, and he and fellow safety Renaldo Hill get burned too easily. One of them has to be replaced by a safety that is solid in coverage. Say bye, bye Brian.

Briton Colquitt is a solid punter, and Matt Prater is a decent kicker. Eddie Royal and Eric Decker make up a great return game tandem. Royal is one of the marquee punt returners in the NFL. The Broncos are not going to be in the playoff mix. They don't have enough star power for it, and they are still a rebuilding team. However, they will make some improvement from last year; especially if they have a good draft. They are in the position to take some nice pieces home on draft day.
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