Things have gotten better recently though, the Pats added shut down corner Aqib Talib last year and signed former Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson from the Arizona Cardinals to solidify what has been one of the few real weaknesses in New England lately.
Now that things have gotten better in the defensive backfield for the Pats, playing time will be hard to come by. The safety position has a few contenders for the starting job, Harmon among them.
Former cornerback and first-round pick Devin McCourty made the switch to safety last year, and will be one of the two starting safeties this year. But the other spot will be up for grabs.
Wilson, the most accomplished of the group, will be the front-runner for the spot. He’s not the player he was just a couple of years ago, but his experience and NFL resume say a lot. Another candidate for the job will be Steve Gregory. Better suited for a backup role, Gregory has been a serviceable player when called upon.
But the wild card will be Harmon. A first team All Big East selection in 2012 for Rutgers University, Harmon was considered a reach in the third round by many. Most draft boards had him as a late round pick or even a guy to be brought in as an undrafted free agent.
But Bill Belichick has never been afraid to take players where he thinks they should be drafted, not where everyone else does. Patriots fans have been saying, “In Bill We Trust” for a while now, and this is the kind of pick that requires some trust.
The depth chart at safety in New England will be tough for Harmon to break into this summer, but his upside and potential to contribute on special teams will earn him a spot on the roster.