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Round 6: 49ers take safety Marcell Harris, who missed last season with Achilles tear

Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin (5) is tackled by Florida defensive back Marcell Harris (26) during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida beat Georgia 24-10.
Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin (5) is tackled by Florida defensive back Marcell Harris (26) during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida beat Georgia 24-10.

The 49ers used their sixth-round pick on safety Marcell Harris from Florida.

Who is he? Harris missed all of the 2017 season after suffering an Achilles tear in the Gators' fall camp. He said the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, the NFL's foot and ankle specialist, and that he was cleared prior to the combine. A year earlier, he started eight of the team's 13 games at safety and ended up leading the team in tackles. He also had two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack, and emerged as a leader on defense.

Where does he fit? At 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, Harris seems to have the build and aggressive mentality of a strong safety. Jaquiski Tartt is firmly in place as the starter there, but there is little depth. Chanceller James is coming back from an ACL tear suffered in last year's training camp while Eric Reid is a free agent who is looking for a starting role somewhere.

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