Finding Broncos: Scouting Missouri Defensive End Charles Harris

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel breaks down one of the premier edge rushers in the 2017 Draft class.

Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri Tigers

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 253 pounds

Arms: 32-3/8 inches

Hands: 9-3/8 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.82 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 21 reps

Vertical Jump: 32 inches

Broad Jump: 109 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.47 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.42 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle: 12.48 seconds






Year Tackles TFL Sacks PD FF FR
2014 19 4 2 2 1 0
2015 56 18.5 7 1 2 0
2016 61 12 9 2 2 1


Has shown an ability to drop into coverage if needed. Good first step. Has good speed-to-power conversion, which he uses early. Loose and fluid hips.

Has a spin move to counter blocks. Explosive out of his stance off the snap of the ball. Great lateral quickness. Plays with high energy and keeps it up until the whistle blows.

Has nimble feet, which helps his spin move. Versatile and can play either side of the line with his hand in or out of the dirt.


Size led him to being engulfed countless times by offensive linemen. Doesn’t have the strength to consistently set the edge, especially against stronger run blockers. Has to improve his hands, which are sloppy.

Needs improvement at shedding blocks. Effort isn’t always 100 percent against the run and has an “I dont care” demeanor when it comes to the run.

Slow to use his spin and doesn’t use it often enough. Struggled with a new scheme. Slow to react and loses sight of the ball. Doesn’t square up early enough to keep offensive linemen from throwing him off balance.



Charles Harris is a pass rusher who seems to lack a desire to defend the run. Harris has plenty of athleticism and enough technique to win, but he has his work cut out for him to be a Batman pass rusher instead of a Robin rusher.

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He also will have to improve and give more effort against the run, otherwise he will be a sub rusher only in the NFL on obvious passing downs. If he doesn’t work to improve against the run, teams will just run at him with great success.

Fit With The Broncos

The Denver Broncos  took former Missouri teammate Shane Ray in the first round a few years ago. Harris would have a familiar face, and would be moved to rush linebacker playing behind Ray once again.

A lot of the issues Ray had coming out of college can be seen in Harris as well. So, the Broncos coaching staff knows what they would have to work with.

Harris would just improve on the Broncos strength of their pass rush and put them back to strength of four pass rushers on the squad. When looking at best player available, Harris could be an option for them, but likely only if they move down in the first round.

Draft Grade: Round 1 (late)

Where He Goes: Round 1 (mid/late)

Insider's Take: Per sources, there are concerns with Harris when it comes to taking coaching. Scouts I have talked with have mentioned some arguments with Missouri coaches and often all do to his effort against the run defense.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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