The Dallas Cowboys need a pass rusher desperately, and with a little work on his rush attack, Charles Harris would fit like a glove.
It would seem each year the Missouri Tigers produce at least one pass rusher as of late. Kony Ealy, Markus Golden and Shane Ray all played for the Tigers. Now each one of those players are chasing quarterbacks for a living in the NFL. The next name to come out of Columbia is Charles Harris. Harris has been a hot commodity amongst the draft community. His name has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys in quite a few mock drafts as of late.
Weight: 235 lbs
Where Harris Excels:
Harris shows a good get off at times, which puts offensive tackles on their heels. Couple that with his ability to show good footwork Harris spins off would be blockers with ease. Harris is a player that you will see moved around. You will find Harris rushing inside and outside, standing or in a three point stance with good success. He is much too quick for guards to keep up with.
Harris is a former basketball player, which is an attribute that shows off his athletic ability. He will attack both the inside and outside shoulders of blockers. Harris shows his ability to bend the edge around the end. While the spin move may be his favorite technique, Harris will dip and rip on tackles quite often.
Where Harris Needs Improvement:
The most noticeable weakness for Harris is his size. While it can be an advantage eluding blockers, he does get washed out by blockers too often. Harris is in need of an NFL strength program to help in this area. Otherwise he will just be a situational pass rusher.
Run defense is a huge question mark for the former Tiger. He is unable to hold his blocks, stack and shed to get to the ball carrier. Unfortunately, he often looks lost when trying to read the rushing plays. His motor will help on backside pursuit, but Harris is a liability when it comes to stopping the ball carrier.
Charles Harris has the tools to be a successful quarterback hunter in this defense. The Cowboys will need to coach him up in the run game before he becomes a major contributor in this defense. The Cowboys like waves so Harris would fit right in. Harris is day two prospect who will likely sneak into day one conversations.