Year after year we’ve seen Missouri develop star defensive players such as: Sheldon Richardson, Aldon Smith, Markus Golden and Shane Ray – Charles Harris is the next guy in that pipeline. Harris enjoyed productive seasons during his sophomore and junior campaign where he racked up 16 total sacks during that span while establishing himself as one of the most decorated pass rushers in program history. Prior to Missouri’s bowl game, he elected to declare for the NFL draft.
Name: Charles Harris
Class: Junior (RS)
Comparison: Shane Ray
Draft Grade: Day 2
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Positives: Devastating spin move off the edge. Displays good timing off the snap and couples that with a good first step and quickness. Persistent pass rusher who gives non-stop effort when pursuing the QB. Can beat you with his quickness on the outside with his shoulder. Possesses above average upper body strength. Good, slashing hand usage. Has bulked up nearly 30 pounds since his freshman season. Decent athleticism. Former basketball player. Chose Missouri for their academic program.
Negatives: Non-existent in run defense. Often gets beat when trying to set the edge. Fails to get separation from offensive linemen on inside runs. Very slow to diagnose run plays and looks very hesitant as play develops. Inconsistent tackler. Occasionally shifts too much weight back on spin move forcing him to be absorbed by offensive linemen. At times takes poor angles in pursuit of the QB.
Outlook: The best fit for Charles Harris at the next level is as a situational pass rusher who can make an impact off the bench in a 4-3 scheme. He has good traits as a pass rusher but offers nothing in run defense – not an every down player in the NFL. His value as a pass rusher should see him go on Day 2, but he has no business in the 1st round.