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2017 Draft Prospects: Edge Rushers – Part 2

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 03: Charles Harris
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 03: Charles Harris /

Charles Harris

If you’re looking for an immovable object, look no further.

Charles Harris proved to be an unstoppable being at Missouri. And he will continue to do so with whatever NFL team drafts him this year. To put it simply, all I noticed time after time about Harris is how quick, strong, and disruptive he is. He not only is good in regards to leveraging opponents. He has a good awareness of where the ball is going and adjusts accordingly. Against some of the best lineman around, Harris is still able to produce. And although it may not always result in sacks, Harris is still able to push opposing players backward.

As promising as Charles Harris looks right now, he has his weaknesses.  I identified three while watching film: when Harris rounds a corner rushing the edge, how low he tackles, and the general need to improve his rush technique.

In regards to his rush technique, don’t get me wrong, Charles Harris is a great athlete, he’s dominant, and uses his body well to leverage opposing offensive linemen. But for the most part, that’s all he has right now. Beyond the occasional swim move, Harris is lacking in this department. Somehow, if Charles Harris is able to widen his grasp on ways to get to the quarterback, expect big things down the road.

The last thing Harris needs to do is shorten his circumference when rounding the edge. It’s simple math to put it blatantly: the less field Harris needs to travel the easier it’ll be to get to his destination. Not only does cutting down the circumference size help Harris make a quicker impact for his team, but it reduces the amount of steep angles that he has to take. That will make it easier to bring players to the ground. In general, tackling higher will help to make a noticeable difference in Harris’ performance on the field.

In the NFL Harris can’t afford to make simple mistakes, which is why he needs to just tweak what he does on the field a bit. Overall, Charles Harris is a great player, he just needs to work on a few things, basically the “polish the merchandise before you sell it” kind of approach. Personally, I think Harris has what it takes to succeed in the NFL, now if he decides to polish his at and improve, that’s another story.

The next prospect I take a look at has certainly made an impact for his former college team. 

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