The NFL Network pick all coveted this pick, calling it a perfect match.
Harris played 3 years of NCAA football starting as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and ending his junior year in 2016. In his sophomore year, he took over as a starter defensive lineman and produced 7 sacks with 56 tackles and 18.5 for loss. As a junior in 2016, Harris switched to defensive end where he had 9 sacks and 61 tackles with 12 for loss.
At 6’2, 253lbs the former Missouri Tiger is a talented pass-rusher who comes from a 3-4 scheme and was scouted as an outside linebacker. However, the Dolphins run a 4-3 will most likely put him at defensive end to get the most out of his penetrating capabilities: bullrush, edge-rush, and spin moves.
"Really solid pick here. I think he can play four-down or 3-4 linebacker; in Miami, it's four-down. He has a good first step and is explosive off the edge. This young man is adept at a pass rusher." -- Mike Mayock
As unexpected as this pick might be, this is a wise draft pick by the Miami Dolphins who need to add talent to their defense and be prepared at the position as Cameron Wake is now 35 years old and entering the backend of his career. This is also a selection that adds depth to the position. The Dolphins only have two quality pass rushers on the team in Wake and Andre Branch. Should an injury befall one of them, the defense will have a hard time putting pressure against the quality quarterbacks they will face this season: Jameis Winston, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Derek Carr, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan.
Harris will eventually start for the Miami Dolphins, but for now will enter the rotation with Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, and William Hayes.
The Dolphins still have needs at LB, FS, G, nickel CB, and DT.
Check out NFL.com’s Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein’s assessment of DE Charles Harris…
Miami Dolphins insider Simon Clancy also praised the move: