The first round of the 2017 NFL draft produced a pair of sub-6-foot cornerbacks in the form of Adoree Jackson and Tre’Davious White. Another pair of sub-6-foot corners heard their names called in the third round when Dallas selected Jourdan Lewis and Cameron Sutton headed to Pittsburgh.
The fact is the NFL isn’t shying away from smaller corners, as long as they prove they can play the game at a high level.
Meet Miami RedHawks cornerback Heath Harding, who makes up for his lack of size by perfectly blending aggressiveness with intent. Harding plays the game with passion and is developing a reputation for making plays on the football.
Harding joined us here at Draft Breakdown to talk about the best receivers he’s ever lined up across, the transition from playing RB in high school to DB in college and more. Some video analysis of Harding’s game is also included. Enjoy.
JM: We’re here on Draft Breakdown with Miami RedHawks cornerback Heath Harding. Thanks for joining me today Heath.
HH: Thanks for having me.
JM: How would you describe your skill-set to our readers? What are your best assets as a player?
HH: In people’s eyes, I’m an undersized guy. To offset my height or lack thereof, I look at myself as a physical corner. I like to get my hands on guys and be aggressive. I also have the vertical speed to stick with guys downfield. My coaches like me as a corner because I want to tackle and you don’t really get that from my position. That’s what separates me from the other guys; my willingness to tackle.
JM: How do you ensure that you’re a wrap-up tackler?
HH: It comes down to what you just said; wrap up from the feet. That will get the job done. My missed tackles usually come from me not setting my feet. When I go in there with the right intent, it’s about taking the proper angles and ensuring my technique is clean. That’s when I have the most success.
Harding ensures he’s a reliable tackler by attacking his opponents feet.