Dolphins Get Pass Rusher Charles Harris With 22nd Pick
The phone rang and rang.
But Chris Grier didn’t want to answer it.
The Dolphins general manager wasn’t going to trade out of the 22nd pick.
Not with one of his top two targets still on the board.
The Dolphins believe they have Cameron Wake’s heir.
And his name is Charles Harris, the latest first-round pick of Miami’s football franchise.
“I’m not functioning right now,” Harris said from his suburban Kansas City home, surrounded by jubilant friends and family, just moments after he got the call from the Dolphins.
Harris is going to play immediately. You don’t take a player 22nd if you don’t expect him to do so.
He’ll be in the rotation at defensive end.
And his job?
“I get to that quarterback,” Harris said “I’m going to cause pressure, without a doubt. At the end of the day, it’s about what you’ve got in your heart.”
The Dolphins saw that heart on tape and in their meeting with him in Indianapolis.
Harris led the Tigers in sacks (9) and tackles for loss (12) as a junior in 2016. His first step is lightning. Chris Buford, a Dolphins area scout whose coverage area includes Missouri, connected with him on a personal level during the fall.
But Buford didn’t need to sell Harris to the rest of the team. His colleagues were all-in on their own, particularly after he aced his interview at the Combine. But they wanted to keep that love quiet. They didn’t fly Harris to Miami for a visit in an attempt to keep their interest on the sly. The first time he’ll visit South Florida is Friday.
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