The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero has been telling us that DE Charles "Black Ice" Harris was one of two defense ends that the Dolphins wanted at pick 22. Once again 'Mando shows us that he does his research well. So, let's just say that the Dolphins got their man and are still high-fiving in the Dolphins War Room.
(Note: Jammer will comment in this area here once he gets his thoughts together on this pick. I am going to start to fill in all of the expert analysis on him below with youtube videos, ESPN Insider, NFL.COM, Ian Wharton, etc. So, come back to each draft pick often as you will see more and more information.)
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS PICK.
What He Brings:
An athletic and explosive athlete who was a former high school basketball standout, Harris is a speed rusher who has very good first step quickness and bend turning the corner. He's got a chance to become an impact edge defender if he can add bulk and improve his core strength. -- Kevin Weidl
How He Fits:
Miami needs to get younger at defensive end and Harris projects as a situational pass-rusher who can help improve a Dolphins pass rush that finished tied for 19th in sacks last year. Playing behind Cameron Wake and free-agent signee William Hayes early on will allow him to get stronger and improve his ability to defend the run. -- Steve Muench
MIKE MAYOCK (NFL.COM) *
"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
The Miami Herald identified Harris as one of the Dolphins' prime pre-draft targets. They badly needed a defensive end. Harris (6’3/253) turned pro after his redshirt junior year at Mizzou, finishing his career with 34.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, and earning second-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches in 2016. On tape, Harris exhibited a sensational spin move and explosive get-off, but was often overpowered in run defense. Harris disappointingly tested as a ninth-percentile athlete at the Combine with 4.82 speed and a brutal 9-foot-1 broad jump. A film-versus-metrics conundrum, Harris is a favorite of devout film watchers. Ultimately, Harris is likely best suited for a situational pass-rusher role in the pros.
PETE PRISCO (CBS) *
This is another pass rusher the scouts liked more than the draftniks. They had to get pass-rush help.
ANDY BENOIT (MMQB) *
Cross-apply the earlier analysis of the Eagles here. First-time defensive coordinator Matt Burke hails from the Jim Schwartz school. He believes in straightforward zone coverage. Which means it’s impossible for the Dolphins to have too many pass rushers. (Zone coverage can’t work without a quality four-man rush.) Harris will learn behind Cameron Wake, who at 35 might need to assume an even more reduced role but can still bend around a corner. With Andre Branch re-signed and ex-Ram William Hayes now aboard, Harris doesn’t have to contribute heavily right away.
BLEACHER REPORT *
Strengths: Initial quickness, pursuit.
Weaknesses: One-dimensional rusher, discipline.
For an edge-rusher, having exceptional first-step quickness is like being a 7-footer in basketball or a pitcher with a 90 mph fastball. It's the skill that not only gets you in the door but also forgives a bunch of other sins and shortcomings.
Charles Harris explodes off the ball, beating his blocker to the edge on snap after snap. That burst makes him a weapon. Harris also hustles well in pursuit against screens and does a good job sifting down the line on running plays away from him.
Everything else about Harris is average. He doesn't have many fancy moves, is OK at using his hands, can get pinned on runs in his direction and stymied when he doesn't win off the line. He lost his cool in the LSU game, committing unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties and shoving an opponent after the snap, so his emotions and late-game focus need to be monitored.
But first-step wins mean a lot, and the Dolphins are getting a pass-rusher with a coveted skill that cannot really be taught. Harris corrects several years of bad decisions in the quest for a good complementary rusher to Cameron Wake (drafting Dion Jordan, letting Olivier Vernon walk, signing what was left of Mario Williams). There are stronger pass-rushers on the board, but most of them come with questions. The team knows what it's getting with Harris.
FOX SPORTS *
The Dolphins needed a defensive end more than was widely believed and Harris is a perfect fit for Miami's 4-3 front.
USA TODAY *
A new edge presence in Miami, Harris should be able to exploit the attention commanded by DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Cameron Wake. Nicknamed "Black Ice" because you don't see him until it's too late, Harris had 16 sacks over the past two seasons as the latest talent to emerage from Mizzou's pass rushing pipeline.
Harris had 16 sacks over his last two college seasons and that kind of production would look good on a Miami defense that finished 22nd in the league in that category last season. Cameron Wake should make for a good mentor for Harris, who would ideally wind up filling Wake’s shoes as the team’s top pass rusher at some point down the line.
GIL BRANDT *
He played better in 2015 than he did last season, but I think scheme changes might have had something to do with that. Though he doesn't have a ton of high-level football experience as a starter, he's got great character and projects as an end who will rack up sacks in the NFL for a long time to come.
JAMES WALKER (ESPN) *
The Dolphins received trade offers from two teams interested in moving up to the No. 22 pick. But after successfully fooling everyone by hiding their interest in Harris, the team felt it was best to complete the plan and take the player it wanted to select as far back as March.
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