The Eagles are very interested in pass rushers in the upcoming draft. We’ve talked about a lot of different targets, but one guy has eluded discussion to this point…Charles Harris from Missouri.
Harris declared early for the draft after a 9-sack season for Mizzou. That total doesn’t begin to tell you how disruptive he was. Harris might be the most explosive pass rusher in the draft. He’s certainly one of the most disruptive. He’s 6-3, 253 and is a terrific speed rusher. 4-3 teams will want him as a DE. 3-4 teams will like him as an OLB.
Harris had a poor showing at the Combine. The guy you see on tape looks like an explosive athlete. He posted poor numbers and that got everyone a bit worried. Some of you will wonder why that’s a big deal. Game tape is significantly more important. You don’t need players to shine at the Combine, but you do want them to be at least solid, especially if their game is built on athleticism.
Luckily Harris had a much better showing at his Pro Day. His vertical jump went from 32 inches to 37.5. That shows explosion, which is what the game tape showed. That workout made me more comfortable with him. It was thought Harris would go in the late 1st or even early 2nd round. The Pro Day workout has people thinking that he might climb back up to the middle of the 1st round.
The Eagles have worked out Missouri defensive end Charles Harris. A projected first-round pick, Harris had nine… https://t.co/iqC7UKkkKL
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 12, 2017
The Eagles might consider Harris a target at 14. Watch him at RDE below and you can see him down in that stance in the Eagles D.
— Bradley Ylitalo (@NFL_drafthub) March 15, 2017
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) March 7, 2017
And you can bet Jim Schwartz would have interest in that kind of an explosive edge rusher.
Is he worth pick 14?
Harris reminds me somewhat of Dwight Freeney, who was taken 11th overall. Freeney was on a different level, though. He had 17.5 sacks as a Senior. He was 266 pounds. He ran 4.48 at the Combine and had a 40-inch VJ. He wowed you on the field and with his workout.
That doesn’t mean Harris isn’t a Top 15 pick, but he’s not sure to go that high. Some teams like 250-pound edge rushers. Other teams prefer bigger guys. The Eagles could see Harris as similar to Brandon Graham, who was taken 13th overall back in 2010. Graham was 268 pounds. He tested well for speed, quickness, agility and strength. He did have a poor VJ (31 inches). Graham was a great college player and then dominated at the Senior Bowl.
Harris feels like he is a notch below Graham and Freeney, but the Eagles could still consider him worth pick 14. One thing that helps him is that Mizzou has put out a string of good DL in recent years. Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy and Shane Ray all starred for the Tigers.
Oh yeah…and his game tape is really impressive.
Why didn't you guys tell me about Charles Harris earlier? pic.twitter.com/g8K1tdUu9T
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 4, 2017
I don’t know if the Eagles will take Harris at 14, but I don’t think he’ll be sliding to the end of the 1st.