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Prospect Profile: Missouri DE Charles Harris

Charles Harris 

Defensive end| Missouri|Redshirt junior

Height:6-foot-3 | Weight: 255 pounds

College Stats 

2016: Harris finished second on the team with 61 tackles (35 solo) and led the Tigers with 12.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks while adding two passes broken up and two forced fumbles over 12 games played. Despite Missouri finishing just 4-8 in 2016, Harris' individual performance earned him Second-Team All-SEC honors from league coaches.

Career: In 37 games (24 starts) for the Tigers, Harris totaled 136 tackles (80 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, five passes broken up and five forced fumbles.  

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds

Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch

Vertical jump: 32 inches

3-cone drill: 7.47 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.42 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 12.48 seconds

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Summary:Harris first started playing tackle football as a junior in high school, but he's made up for lost time. As a redshirt sophomore in 2015, Harris became a full-time starter and garnered plenty of attention with a conference-leading 18.5 tackles for loss, ranking seventh in FBS with 1.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks. Harris' 18 career sacks are tied for seventh-best in Tigers history.

According to Harris' draft profile on, he explodes out of his stances, has an impressive first step and a lateral quickness that makes him a challenge to block. Harris boasts an athletic build and has succeeded playing on either end of the line.

Analyst Lance Zierlein called Harris a "high-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run." According to Zierlein, Harris could use some improvement with his hands but has incredible agility and footwork. 

"Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri," Zierlein said.

Stacking up: Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated ranked Harris at No. 6 for defensive ends in this draft class. NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Mike Mayock did not include Harris in the top five of the position group.  

Comparison to Kerrigan: In an early scouting report of Harris, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah was impressed by Harris' athleticism and pass-rushing abilities and offered a loose comparison to sixth-year Washington defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Jeremiah wrote:

"I saw some of the same things from Kerrigan when he was at Purdue. Both guys play with maximum effort and possess outstanding natural instincts."

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