Getting to know … Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris was the latest NFL Draft prospect to stop by the NFL Network studios. The former University of Miami cornerback has a lot to offer in the personality department, and he spent a few minutes answering our questions.

If you could be on any reality show, which would it be?
BH: I would say “For Love or Money.” Either that or “Fear Factor.” They never have people who are athletic on that show. It can’t be that hard!

Do you have any phobias? You can’t be on that show if you’re afraid of heights …
BH: No, none at all. Well, I am afraid of snakes. I hate snakes. Anything to do with snakes, I would forfeit the challenge. I’m done!

You’re a Miami native. Who is your favorite NBA team?
BH: I love the Heat. It helps that we brought the King to Miami. We’re going to win the championship this year. I’m calling it out! It’s playoff time, it’s time to turn it on. We’re going to have parade downtown and have a good time.

What is the last movie you saw?
BH: I just saw “Insidious” about two days ago. Scary, scary, scary movie. It was a great movie. I’m a big horror-film guy. I go to the movies about two or three times a week. It was one of the best movies I’ve seen, beginning to end.

Best horror movie ever?
BH: I would say “It” with the clown and the kid. It had to be one of the scariest movies ever. It took me five years before I could go back and finish it because I was trying to watch it when I was 10. That movie kept getting the best of me! I had to keep pausing it and starting it over, so I could never finish it. It wasn’t until I got to high school that I could finish it.

Let’s move on to something more pleasant. What’s the best part of going to college in Miami?
BH: I think it’s a combination of the beaches and the ladies.

You’re riding the fence. C’mon …
BH: No, no, no. You can’t have the beaches and not have the ladies there. And the ladies love the beach. So they go hand-in-hand. You go to the beaches to see the ladies. But Miami is a great place to live.

Who is the best Hurricane of all-time?
BH: It has to be the late Sean Taylor. He did some amazing things at the University of Miami. You just watch his highlight film, and you’re like, “Gosh, this guy here is special.” I remember watching him when I was little. Guys like him inspired all of us to go to the U. He was something special.

Well, you were just handed lunch. What food can’t you get enough of?
BH: I can’t get enough of meatloaf.

Really …
BH: My mom’s meatloaf. She makes the best meatloaf in town. Every Sunday she cooks a big dinner, and the whole entire family gangs up at the house and watches football. She knows she has to make meatloaf for me at least once every other week. She knows she makes the best.

Have you had to cut out meatloaf during the draft process?
BH: That’s the whole reason I trained in Dallas instead of Miami. I had to be as far away from home as possible! I know mom isn’t going to stop cooking every Sunday, so I had to get out of there! But I did have one of those Sunday dinners after the combine.

Do you deserve to be a first-round pick?
BH: I know I deserve to be a first-round pick. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, being a starter the last two years and nominated for national awards and things like that. I bring a lot to a team. A lot of coaches weren’t aware that I could play two positions on my defense. It’s something that has really raised my value.

Who is the best cornerback of all-time?
BH: Deion Sanders. That’s not even a question. You can’t name one cornerback out there who doesn’t idoloize Deion and wants to do what he does. That’s one guy we all look up to.

The great cornerbacks often have great nicknames. What’s yours?
BH: I don’t have a nickname, I just have a slogan. We call it Brandon Harris’ “No Fly Zone.” That’s actually my Twitter name I just started. Let’s make that national!

If nothing else, Harris already has the marketing thing down.

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