Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Apr 27, 2019 The Detroit Lions filled another need in hopes of bolstering their defense by trading up to select Boston College strong safety Will Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft on Friday. The Lions moved up seven spots, swapping to get the Minnesota Vikings’ 81st overall pick. They gave up the latter of their two sixth-round picks, No. 204. Harris checks a lot of boxes the Lions like. He was a three-year starter. He was voted team captain. He’s a big hitter with good size at 6 feet 1 and 207 pounds. He ran an unofficial 4.41-second 40-year dash, and also has good enough coverage skills to take on bigger slot receivers and tight ends in sub packages. That provides the kind of versatility coach Matt Patricia covets in his defense. And Harris is likely a sure bet to catch on because of his familiarity with defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who was BC’s defensive line coach in … [Read more...] about Will Harris fits Detroit Lions. He was ‘heartbeat’ at Boston College
Matthew Schoch The Detroit News Published 1:35 AM EDT Apr 27, 2019 Allen Park — You can’t pick former Patriots in the NFL Draft, but the New England connection continued for the Lions in Friday’s third round. Safety Will Harris, whom the Lions traded up to No. 81 to select, played his college ball in the region at Boston College, a campus familiar to those in the Detroit organization. There, Harris played two seasons with Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who was on the defensive staff, coaching the line. “I can’t wait to go back to work for him,” Harris said. “This is the best day of my life.” To select Harris, the Lions swapped third-rounders with Minnesota, moving up seven spots and throwing in the second of their two sixth-round picks (204th overall) for Saturday. ESPN’s Todd McShay called Harris a “tackling machine” after 225 career stops in Chestnut Hill. Lions general manager Bob Quinn … [Read more...] about Lions stay with familiar in Boston College safety Will Harris
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:04 PM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions used one of their two sixth-round picks to move up seven spots in the third round and select Boston College safety Will Harris. A three-year starter, Harris was selected as a captain by his teammates last season. He earned third-team All-ACC honors after recording 75 tackles and an interception. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Harris went on to test well at the scouting combine in February, running a 4.41-second, 40-yard dash and putting up 20 reps in the bench press. He joins a deep depth chart in Detroit, headed by Quandre Diggs and last year's third-round pick Tracy Walker. Experienced veteran Tavon Wilson and special teams standout Charles Washington are also in the mix. Harris' time at Boston College overlapped with Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who coached the team's defensive line in 2016 and 2017. … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions trade up to select Boston College safety Will Harris in third round
The John J. Burns Library occupies a grand neo-Gothic building on the leafy campus of Boston College. With its stone spires and stained glass, it looks very much like a church. The Jesuits who founded the university in 1863 did so to educate the children of poor immigrants who had fled the potato famine in Ireland. As Boston College grew and flourished over the next century and a half, it maintained close ties to the old country. With 250,000 volumes and some 16 million manuscripts, the Burns Library holds the most comprehensive collection of Irish political and cultural artifacts in the United States. The rarest and most valuable objects in the Burns Library are kept in a special enclosure known as the Treasure Room. It is a secure space, exactingly climate-controlled and outfitted with a state-of-the-art fire suppression system. The room is monitored by surveillance cameras and can be accessed only by entering a code on an electronic pad and turning a special key. The key must be … [Read more...] about Who killed Jean McConville? Did a secret archive at Boston College hold clues?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 23, 2019 MOBILE, Ala. — One of the best pass rushers at this week's Senior Bowl said he owes his surging draft stock to Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni. "He was probably the biggest influence on my football career and he also taught me a lot of lessons outside of football," Boston College defensive end Zach Allen said Tuesday. "(I was) very sad to see to him go, but it’s a great opportunity so you have to be happy for him and working with him again would be fantastic." Allen played the 2016-17 seasons for Pasqualoni, when he matured from a rotational pass rusher into a full-time player on Boston College's defensive line. He had six sacks in each of those seasons, and in 2017 was one of just two defensive linemen nationally with at least 100 tackles. Lions coach Matt Patricia hired Pasqualoni, his former boss at Syracuse, to coordinate his defense last year. Allen, who's considered a … [Read more...] about Boston College Zach Allen: I’d love to play for Pasqualoni again