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 The Detroit Lions selected DB Will Harris with their third-round pick (81st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.


On what it’s like to reunite with Lions Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and what their conversations have been like: “First of all…it’s an honor to be a part of the Detroit Lions franchise… Having played under Coach Pasqualoni before, I can’t wait to get back to work with him. I’m familiar with the things that we’ve done in the past when I played under him. It’s really exciting to be able to play under him again. I’m just looking forward to it.”

On what his father, Will Harris Sr., told him about the Draft process: “He just told me…above anything else, wherever you end up going, it’s just time to go to work from there. It’s such a huge blessing. This is the best day of my life (with) Detroit picking me up. I’m so glad to be a part of the organization. I can’t wait to go to work. He’s been preaching to me (about) just staying patient. When your name is called, when it’s time to get called, it’s time to go to work.”

On whether he was expecting to be selected today: “I just knew that whenever my name did get called, it was time to go. To be honest, I didn’t really have any set expectations or any one expectation. I just waited patiently, and I got that call from Detroit that made today the best day of my life. I’m ready to go.”

On what he was doing when he was drafted: “I’m at home in Atlanta with my family. I was around family, it was a great moment, amazing atmosphere being able to talk to all the coaches in the front office and they’re excited and I’m excited as well. I can’t wait to be a part of this family, it means the world to me.”

On whether he thought he would be drafted by the Lions because of his connection to Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni: “I had no expectations about where I might end up. That’s the crazy part about the Draft, is that certain things kind of happen and you roll with it after that. That being said, I’m coming to the best fit, for sure, having Coach P. there, and having played under him before. I can’t wait to go to work.”

On his leadership traits: “In the past, at B.C., I took a lot of pride in being a leader. Not just a vocal leader, but someone who also led by example, someone who was always there for his teammates, and put the team first, and always came in early and left late, took care of his body, was always in the film room and obviously making plays on the field, and just taking pride in being a pro throughout my time in college. Now that I’m officially in the League on the next level playing for a great organization, I plan to use some of those same aspects of just coming to work every day, pick out the best way of establishing being a leader. Just come to work every day and earn the respect of my new teammates who are there and do everything I can to contribute to the team and help the team win.”

On his impression of the Lions’ defensive scheme and how his skills mesh: “I’m ready to rock. I made that very clear throughout the pre-draft process, that there was no one set scheme that was necessarily my fit or that I was looking for. With that said, it worked out perfectly with Detroit picking me. That worked out perfectly with obviously being reunited with Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni. I’m excited about the scheme – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

On what excites him about the defensive scheme: “I believe it’s very versatile. There’s a lot of things that can be done out of this scheme. It’s not a stagnant defense at all. It’s very diverse and it’s very fun. I can’t wait to get in the playbook, learn the playbook, and get started.”

On his best story on Lions Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni: “I can’t narrow it down to one story. Some of my old teammates at B.C. have always noticed he always wears the glasses that kind of split apart in the front. He used to always wear those every game and just around. Hopefully when I see him next he’s still wearing those so I can talk to him about that. But those and the straight-iron khakis.”

On if he was recruited by Michigan Defensive Coordinator Don Brown and what he remembers about playing for him at Boston College: “Yes, sir. I played under Don Brown my freshman year and learned a lot from him. He’s a wealth of knowledge and I was blessed enough to be able to be recruited by him as well as Coach Frank Leonard, who’s at B.C. now. I just learned a lot from him and in that one year that he was there, my freshman year – I only had him for one year – but in that year, I just learned a ton and was able to incorporate the things that I learned into my game. I was able to improve and make myself better headed into my sophomore year.”

On if he has any memories of matching up against Lions TE T.J. Hockenson in the Pinstripe Bowl: “In the bowl game, I never lined up on him that much. They had a couple tight ends who they had in that game. So, saw him a couple times in that game, but I wasn’t on him the entire game. He’s an amazing player, just seeing him on film, seeing his résumé, games on film. But we did have to play him, you know, watching the film on him. He’s an incredible player. When I was watching film on him, he was a junior. He definitely emerged, obviously as a first-round pick, first-round talent. He’s an amazing player and I can’t wait to officially meet him for the first time when we get up to Detroit.”

On how his father playing professional football influenced him as a child: “Well, it was everything. Ever since I could remember, ever since I was really young, since I was able to even pick up a football, I’ve always been enamored by the game. He grew up playing receiver. So, naturally I wanted to follow his footsteps, but also at a young age I fell in love with defense. So, switched over to the defensive side of the ball in college and one of the best things I’ve ever done. He played an integral part in my football career and in my life. That’s my father. That’s my guy. He’s been there every step of the way. He’s been my coach growing up, my trainer, my mentor, above else, my father. He’s been a great father. It meant the world for me, for him to be here and see our culmination of work finally come down to this day. So, this is the best day of my life.”

On if he will tease his father that he was drafted higher than him: “Not at all. Not at all. The first thing, I kid you not, the first thing he tells me when I get drafted is, ‘Hey, I got the footballs in the trunk, we going back to work tomorrow.’ So, we’re going back to work. He’s without a doubt my biggest fan. It’s crazy, it’s funny how it works that way because I always wanted to be like him growing up. He’s like my biggest fan, so, love that man to death, man. We’ve got a lot of work to do and I can’t wait for this next chapter in my life.”

On if he is sincerely going to go workout tomorrow: “We’ll see how tomorrow shakes out. If we can get one in, then we’ll definitely get one in. We’ll have to check the schedule for what we’ve got coming up next.”

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