Charles Harris (American football)

Charles Harris (born March 6, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri and was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Harris attended Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. As a junior, he had 40 tackles and six sacks and as a senior had 60 tackles and 12 sacks. He also had 15 receptions for 285 and five touchdowns. He committed to the University of Missouri to play college football. Harris also played basketball in high school and took boxing classes.

After redshirting his first year at Missouri in 2013, Harris appeared in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, recording 19 tackles and two sacks. Harris took over as a starter in 2015 and had 56 tackles and seven sacks.

Harris was invited to the NFL Combine and completed all the drills except for the short shuttle and three cone drill. He participated at Missouri’s Pro Day and chose to perform positional drills and the short shuttle, three cone drill, vertical jump, and broad jump. Going into the draft, he was projected to be a first or second round pick by NFL draft experts and analysts. He was ranked the seventh best edge rusher by Sports Illustrated, the third best linebacker by ESPN, and was ranked the fifth best defensive end by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, Mike Mayock, and NFLDraftScout.com.

The Miami Dolphins selected Harris in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.