The Dolphins have a history of squandering the talents of an elite physical pass rusher, most notably Dion Jordan but now the team can add another name to that list. Charles Harris.
Harris was most likely Chris Grier’s worst draft pick since his time as general manager in Miami. The team selected the EDGE rusher out of Mizzou with the 22nd overall selection. To be fair to all, the Dolphins were coming off a playoff season and were in dire need of help at the position. Charles Harris was a talented defender in college who many graded as a 2nd or 3rd round selection, he had no say in where the Dolphins took him.
For this reason the fit was just never really there. Harris finished his 3 year career in South Beach compiling just 34 tackles and 3.5 sacks, not production you would want to see from a first round pick. It was clear the Dolphins focused entirely on need during that draft and ignored players who would likely still be contributors to this day.
In exchange to get their mistake off the books Atlanta gave the Dolphins a 2021 7th round pick. The fact that Miami was able to get anything for Harris after his tenure in Miami is surprising. Not to say Harris has no chance of producing or becoming a serviceable rotational rusher, as he was used very poorly. A scheme such as the one run in Atlanta suits his skill set far more than the wide-9 approach used back in 2017 as well as the 3-4 run by the team presently.
The move makes sense for Dan Quinn as they had their own mishap by selecting Takkarist McKinley just 4 picks after and had expressed interest during the pre-draft process in the Missouri product. The Falcons had nothing to lose with the move while the Dolphins took a knee and admitted defeat.
The showing of accountability is good to see from Miami’s front office. Rather than hold on to a mistake in hopes the situation might improve, the team gave the player a fresh opportunity and received some compensation in return.