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Miami Dolphins 2017 NFL Draft Prospect: DE Charles Harris

Eric Roddy takes an in-depth look at Missouri DE Charles Harris as the Miami Dolphins first round draft pick.

The first thing I notice when I look at Missouri Tigers DE Charles Harris are his similarities to current Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake.

They both wear number 91 (something Harris would have to change if he was drafted to the Dolphins, who currently have the 22nd overall pick). They are both 6-foot-3, 250+ pounds of solid muscle. 

They both have tremendous speed off the edge to pair with a nasty spin move, and they both produced great numbers for their respective teams throughout their careers. 

The only similarity missing is that they both don´t don the Miami Dolphins uniform.... Yet.

I think, depending on how the board plays out in late April - something which is nearly impossible to predict - Charles Harris could hear his name called when the Dolphins select 22nd overall (if they select 22nd overall).

Linked to the Dolphins in many mock drafts, including Joe Schad´s most recent for the Palm Beach Post, Harris makes perfect sense for the Dolphins.

He is known, like Wake, for his quick first step, blowing by larger slower tackles easily at the snap of the ball. With each season that he played at Missouri, Harris saw his sack totals climb, beginning with 2 in 2014 as a reserve, then 7 in 2015, followed by 9 last season. His tackles also increased with each season, totaling 19, 56 and 61 respectively. 

With Haason Reddick and Reuben Foster likely off the board before the Dolphins pick, and after bolstering up their LB corps with Lawrence Timmons and an extension for Kiko Alonso, taking an EDGE rusher becomes more and more likely. Harris is a game-changer, and would have a tremendous chance to learn next to Wake and Andre Branch, as well as benefit from the interior play of Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips.

For the Dolphins, Harris would be a pick that could reap benefits immediately as well as lock down a very important position after Wake retires. He would not be a reach at 22nd overall, and he would be able to fit immediately into the rotation. 

The only knock on Harris, which may be why the Dolphins do not choose him in April, is he is not fantastic against the run, something the Dolphins are obviously trying to work on (see addition of William Hayes). However, if the team wants a pure pass rusher with starter ability, Harris might be one of the better options in the first round.


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