With a desperate need for run defense, the Dolphins drafted a guy who is weak against the run.
Even the most vocal proponents of DE Charles Harris admit that he is a liability against the run, so why draft him?
Well, for one, he is a dominant pass rusher. So was Dion Jordan, but let’s not go there. Please, we pray, that we don’t have to go there. But pass rushing was not an abundant need for the Dolphins. However, depth at the DE position was needed, so Harris fills in there nicely. I just don’t like the idea of using our first-round pick on a back-up depth player. Unless Harris plays insanely in the pre-season, he’s not going to start over Cameron Wake or Andre Branch. But the depth is nice.
My main concern is his run defense. Yes, every defensive player gets lazy and doesn’t chase down a guy after they’re past him. It happens. But the footage of Harris getting burned was hard to watch. He got fooled badly on draw plays. He chased down a quarterback for about 5 full seconds AFTER the QB had handed th ball off; Harris was the only guy in the field who didn’t know it was a running play. He failed to lose blockers and watched helplessly as a running back gained the corner around him. Those are the plays we need from a defender, and Harris needs to pick that up. Fast.
Also, I found it bizarre that he has some kind of endorsement contract with Jack Links (a Slim Jim ripoff) and wore the shirt and had their mascot there. I love the ads and love the Bigfoot, but why was Bigfoot in the kid’s house, and why wasn’t the kid himself at the draft !!!??? Watch…the league will investigate this, as I’m sure there are bylaws about when players are allowed to sign endorsement deals.
Time will tell. It’s not a bad pick at all. At least we didn’t draft an unneeded WR again.