Chris Harris is one of the most experienced defensive backs in the league. While he is no longer in his prime with the LA Chargers, his experience is extremely helpful for the team's transition to a new defense and in helping out the young corners in LA.
Harris has seen it all in the NFL and has lined up against some of the best receivers to ever do it. While he may no longer be the All-Pro version of himself, he still knows talent when he sees it as he has seen it time and time again.
Harris seemingly sees a lot of talent in Chargers rookie receiver Josh Palmer. In a Q&A posted on the Chargers official Twitter account, Harris was asked which rookie he likes working the best with during Chargers training camp.
His answer was Josh Palmer, saying that he thinks he is going to be a great young receiver in this league. Harris then compares him to a former All-Pro wideout: Dez Bryant. The question is asked at the 20-second mark of the video.
The LA Chargers should be thrilled if Josh Palmer has a career like Dez Bryant.
Dez Bryant may not seem like a great comparison because we as sports fans have recency bias and the most recent years of Bryant's career were not the best. However, at his prime, there is no denying that Bryant was one of the best wideouts in the entire league.
Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowler and a one-time First-Team All-Pro in the NFL. His prime was from 2012 to 2014. In those four years, Bryant recorded 3,935 receiving yards, 41 touchdowns and 273 receptions.
Bryant's prime and career were cut short because of injuries but just from a skill standpoint, being compared to Bryant is great for Josh Palmer. Bryant had some of the best hands in the entire league and was not only a great jump-ball receiver, but was a fantastic route runner and could make magic happen after the catch as well.
Quite frankly, when Mike Williams was drafted by the LA Chargers I thought he was going to be a Dez Bryant-type of receiver for the Bolts. Palmer was viewed as Williams' replacement for after this season, so it all comes full circle.
Of course, it is way too early for the LA Chargers to declare victory on selecting Josh Palmer but getting that kind of stamp of approval from Chris Harris is a huge positive for Palmer's future in this league.