So who is Charles Harris, and how does this guy help the Miami Dolphins?
Harris was a 3 year starter at Missouri at DE. In 35 starts, Harris totaled 18 sacks, 34.5 TFL, 5 passes defensed, and 5 FF’s. He accomplished this despite the fact that he didn’t start playing organized football until his Junior year of High School. We all know he ran a 4.82, which we’re all aware that it’s not especially fast. Where this young man makes his hay is with his explosive first step. He won’t be running 40 yards often, unless he snares an INT or runs back a fumble return. In the trenches, you win with quickness and explosiveness, and Harris has that in spades.
How will Harris find any playing time? Yes, the Dolphins went into the draft already having pretty good depth at DE when they re-signed DE Andre Branch, and then traded for Rams DE William Hayes. We also have Terrence Fede, Julius Warmsley, and FA pickups Arthur Miley and Nicholas Williams. Some of these guys won’t be on the roster after training camp and/or pre season. My hope is that Hayes starts at RE on early downs, he’s a great edge setter and plays the run very well. I hope they have Branch in on early downs at LE, and let Wake come in on passing situations. I’d like to see Harris with Wake opposite him both rushing the passer. I think that would be ideal.
It’s important to remember the Dolphins made it clear they don’t feel that a pass rusher has to be a certain size, or prototype. The Dolphins best is Cam Wake, who for a DE prototype (at least the OLD prototype) is on the smaller side at 6’3″ 269, not the old 6’6″ 290. Harris is actually a little bigger than Wake was coming into the NFL, as Wake was about 235, and Harris is already at 253. It would be great to see Harris blossom as a pass rushing threat for Miami, because we certainly need that. A great pass rush makes the secondary look so much better.
While it’s hard to predict how much of an impact Harris might have, I think if we can get somewhere around 10 sacks out of him +/- 2, I think that would help the team this season. I’d like to see him increase that by 1 or 2 every year until he’s up for his new contract. We know to beat Brady, you have to pressure him, and I’m hoping with Wake, Suh, Phillips and Harris, we can do that.
Go HARRIS! ZERO IN on the QB!