Getting to know our rookies: DE Charles “Black Ice” Harris

Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: March 6, 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Kansas City (MO) Lincoln Prep
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Charles Harris is an American football defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played college football at Missouri and was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.Wikipedia
Born: March 6, 1995 (age 22), Kansas City, MO
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 236 lbs
Current team: Miami Dolphins (#90 / Defensive end)
The first thing that stands out about Charles is he is a young clone of Cameron Wake he has a quick first step that is second to none coming out of college and what a excellent situation for him to come and learn from one of the best in the NFL today the beast Came Wake.
When you compare their measurables it is almost identical both measuring 6′-3″ and both around 260LBS as Charles grow into his body and add more strength and if he can be that young apprentice to soak up all he can from Cam Wake there is no way he should not be a force in the near future barring any injuries.

STRENGTHS: Whether out of the two or three point stance, Harris fires off the ball, giving would-be blockers a legitimate speed threat to worry about. His burst forces tackles wide and Harris complements his speed with an effective spin counter back inside, showing lateral agility and balance. He locates the ball quickly and pursues the ball with passion, including far downfield. Harris looks comfortable rushing the passer out of the two point stance and can flip his hips and change directions quickly, demonstrating the kind of athleticism to potentially handle some linebacker duties, as well. Harris wins with his explosive burst and agility to elude pass blockers but he’s also surprisingly strong, keeping his butt low and his limbs locked out to anchor in the running game. He latches onto ball-carriers attempting to run past him, showing the strength to pull them down while fending off blockers. Harris has gained approximately 25 pounds of muscle since signing with Missouri as a highly regarded two-sport (basketball and football) athlete.WEAKNESSES: Harris lacks the ideal length and twitchy change of direction that gives top NFL offensive tackles problems. He played heavier in 2016 and lost some of the quickness which made him so productive. Lacks the bulk to play regularly inside at the NFL level. While athletic, Harris struggled with cut-blocks, failing to recognize them quickly enough and too often getting knocked to the turf. Further, Harris’ pad level is a bit inconsistent and when he loses the leverage battle he can get knocked off the ball.

TDS Take:

Despite much speculation prior to the draft to whom Miami would select, the Dolphins stayed true to their needs and married them to the BPA at the time they were on the clock. It was quite apparent even last year that they needed more youth on the defensive side of the ball and after the poor showing of our Defense ( Not Totally On The defense)  in 2016 and the mistake of not focusing on the defense in the 2016 draft the Dolphins tilted the scales in favor of our Defense and with the first pick in the draft they selected Charles Harris DE, Missouri.
I will admit I did not have him on my radar and the Dolphins deliberately kept their distance from Harris in the pre draft process because they did not want to tip their hands to whom it was they wanted. I am sure they had some options at 22 but they took Harris who was projected to come off the board in some mock draft a little earlier and in others just about where the Dolphins took him.
I really like this pick, Harris will be instantly put into the rotation and will have one of the best in the game to mentor him. If he can provide added pressure on the opposite side of Wake or if Miami can move him along the line to add pressure on passing downs he will be a force for a long time to come.
Welcome to Miami BLACK ICE!

TDS Miami Dolphins 2017 Draft Review

Well the draft is over and we now know who the Dolphins targeted on their draft board and even though it was a very unsexy draft by many folks standards it was a draft that was 100% in tune with the needs of Miami and despite being a year late. (I also felt last year we should have drafted heavily on the defensive side of the ball)

Now the Dolphins want us to believe that they stuck with their BPA approach and let the board fall where it may, but we know better than that and it is a high probability that they tailored their board to reflect their need to draft Defensive players. No matter what was said the fact is they did an excellent job in filling the need to get younger on the defensive side of the ball.

This year in my mock draft here I did not get one player correct but that will not deter me from making another attempt next year as I have in past times hit on a few player we drafted Jason Taylor being the most successful.  But I digress…..

Lets take a quick look at our picks and I will follow this article up with my up close look at each player individually in the weeks ahead.

In the first round Miami selected  DE Charles Harris, Missouri (6-2, 253 LBS) he will most likely be high in the rotation of our DE’s and is the exact size of our star but ageing DE Cameron Wake with less pounds and muscles 🙂 it would be wise on the kids part to learn what he can and emulate yes even shadow Wake, if he can play close to the level of Cam than we have a winner. (DE was high on my list of needs even though I had LB rated higher)

In round two Miami selected LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State, (6-2, 243 LBS) he will most likely compete for Koa Misi’s job but he is listed more of an inside/middle LB than an outside LB but the Dolphins say he can play outside. This will be an interesting thing to watch. But he will be high in the rotation and a solid backup at the very least. If history is any indication rest assured he will man Misi’s spot soon as Koa Misi has yet to play a full season since his rookie season.

In round three and keeping with a defensive theme Miami made history, for the first time in Dolphins draft history the first three picks off the  board were Defensive players as they choose DB Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson (6-1, 199 LBS) as we all know you can never have enough cornerbacks and this kid can fly! He is tall fast but much like Tony Lippett he is still learning the position at CB having played only a couple of years at the position. He will instantly compete for playing time and if he catches on could  challenge for a starting position and at the very least push the starters as competition should be fierce in camp.

Miami had to wait a round for their next pick (they had no 4th round pick this year) and other than having a great need on defense the few areas on offense that was needed and the number one need was more help on the offensive line and boy did they get a steal IMHO when on the board was one of the top Guards in the draft and the strongest if you consider his bench press at the combine, (35 reps of 225 LBS) Miami had 3, 5th round picks and traded up with the first of the 3 picks and selected Guard Isaac Asiata (6-4, 323 LBS) he is a road grader very powerful but lacks athletic ability to get to the 2nd level according to some scouting reports. RB Jay Ajayi should be most happy with this pick if it pans out.  Asiata will compete for a starting position on the line.

More on the trade for Asiata: Miami sent numbers. 166th and 184th picks, both fifth rounders, to the Eagles to in exchange for the 164th (fifth round) and 194th (sixth round) selections. Basically they agreed to drop 10 spots on one pick in order to move up two on another.  Read here

With their 2nd, 5th round pick Miami selected Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, LSU (6-3, 310 LBS) Davon is a very good selection at this time as he dropped most likely due to some off-field issues that was resolved regarding domestic abuse. (Read here  ) Davon along with our next selection will do one very important thing, PUSH Jordan Phillips for time on the field as Phillips has shown signs of being unstoppable at time and down right lazy at other times and to waste the talents of the best DT in the game in Ndamukong Suh is just frustrating and hopefully Davon and our 6th round clone can be a big part of the rotation.

So on to the next pick in the 6th round Miami doubled up literally as they choose DT Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State ( 6-3, 304 LBS) another solid pick to add depth to our D line and hopefully he can push and compete for playing time in the rotation and be an added push for our young DT’s Phillips and Godchaux and they form a sold wall next to big SUH!

The last pick in the 2017 NFL draft is at a position that is full but as we know you can never have enough players at the skilled position and for him to be there in round seven was good news as Miami selected WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech ( 6-2, 195 LBS) It will be very hard to make the roster but he can push players like Leonte Carroo who Miami gave a ransom to get last year in the draft but had a quiet year and word have it he had some issues learning the playbook, hopefully he has overcome his issues as there is going to be some good competition in camp as Rashawn Scott will also be in the mix and somebody will not make the roster but maybe the practice squad?

I loved this draft and feel we could use one more defensively heavy draft next year to continue to add depth, youth and competition on that side of the ball as this team is headed in the right direction.


Loving This Draft!

I am loving the way Miami is drafting this year! Defense was a huge need and despite some foolish banter by some talking heads in the media the Dolphins  know what they needed and have stayed true to their draft board that was weighted heavily towards defense as it should have been.

Remember that there is part ll of free agency that begins immediately after the draft as some teams will look to purge their roster of some good but expensive veterans as they have drafted a rookie to replace them. So if they don’t get an OG or a DT early in the draft and they take a chance on one later in the draft that they plan to develop than worry not because they know what they need.

I will do a review of all the draft picks as soon as they are done so enjoy the rest of the draft and stay positive….!!!!

Fins Up!

 


Draft Trade Options For Miami

Jarvis Landry, center, was fired up after catching his fourth and final touchdown of the season.

I do not like the draft spot the Dolphins possess it takes me back to the days where Jimmy Johnson and mistakenly the eventual hire of Dave Wannstedt as Miami’s head coach always had our Dolphins win just enough to be to low in the draft to get a blue chip prospect and this year it just seems that there is really no one special that will be there for our 22nd pick because the end of the first round is a dead spot as far as value.

The greater value is either trading up to get a better prospect or trading down to get more picks as the Dolphins could use more picks in the 2nd, 3rd or  get a 4th round pick, I am not picky as to which one they should do but I just don’t want them to stay at 22. Now it might be out of their hands because as the saying goes it takes two to tango so, Miami will need a participating partner in any trade options and the question is what will they have to give up to trade up or what should they demand to trade back in the draft?

Lets look at some potential trading partners in this upcoming draft. The team that strikes me as the best possible trader is the Cleveland Browns they have 11 picks in the 2017 draft and 11 picks in the 2018 draft that’s 22 picks in the next two years.

The Browns have been perennial high pickers in the draft and still are one of the worst teams in the NFL so maybe they need to start leveraging their picks into potential trades that will get them a quality player.

I have one such player that the Dolphins might want to consider moving on from and I am sure some of you would not like to hear this….Jarvis Landry. Yes I would have no problem putting him on the trading block if his demands are beyond what Miami feel they should pay him and wide receiver is a position that Miami has unbelievable depth at. They also have a young inexpensive receiver Leonte Carroo that they paid a ransom for in last years draft that needs to get on the field.

The other player that could be traded is WR DeVante Parker as he is not living up to his draft status and has been the subject of much deserved criticism considering his potential versus his production. Parker shows flashes of greatness but has had injury issues and questions about his conditioning and how he cares for his body.

Or how about trading Carroo because he was somewhat of a disappointment last year despite coach Gase taking some of the blame for maybe putting too much on the rookies plate.

Can Miami make a deal to get the 12th pick in the draft and trade their 22nd and one of our young WR’s?

How about trading back in the draft? I actually do prefer that than getting rid of any of our young WR’s because we are just an injury away from having a need for Caroo to step up.

Can the Dolphins find a potential partner to trade back in the draft offering their 22nd pick for another 3rd round pick or to get back a 4th round pick they traded last year for Carroo?

I am sure the team has considered many options as to what they want to do but one thing is for sure Miami needs to get their Defensive side of the ball younger and starting with this year that needs to be their focus as you know I was one of quite a few that felt they dropped the ball in last years draft by not drafting heavily on the defensive side of the ball and feel it would be a mistake to not focus on defense this year and probably next year too.

 

 


Starting Left Guard Jermon Bushrod?

It’s that time of the year when some folks are obsessing about the NFL draft and panicking about what their teams should do. I am here to tell my fellow Dolphins Fans to relax the Dolphins is in very good shape going into the 2017 NFL draft. Mock drafts are galore, as you can go on line and search and find thousands of them. Rest assured I have already put together the perfect draft for our Dolphins and I have just as good a shot being correct as any of the talking heads. I recall one year the so called “Draft Guru” Mel Kiper did not have one of his first round picks correct. If you look at my mock draft you will see I at least have a clue as to what are the Dolphins needs are if not having the correct player they will choose.

Let’s get to my main point for this article it involves the offensive line and how one particular south Florida sports writer/ wannabe Dolphins GM is fixated on Miami drafting an offensive Guard with their first round pick number 22, something that other mock drafts are also projecting. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel is on the radio and in his print making his case that the Dolphins are in need of more Guard help and that in his mind that is Miami’s number 1 need to address and that they should do so early in the draft.

The history of his concerns goes back for quite a few years as Miami has whiffed on finding a legitimate starting Guard in the draft and in free agency and the last time we had a pro bowl starting Guard he was dismissed due to the bully-gate. (See Richie Incognito) I feel the Dolphins have their starting offensive line in place and there is no great urgency to draft a Guard in round one as being promoted by Omar Kelly.

The big concern is at the Left Guard position next to our young LT Laremy Tunsil who will be moved to that spot this year after playing left Guard his rookie season, as Miami traded our former pro bowl starting LT Branden Albert to Jacksonville to give Tunsil his spot.  I have no doubt that the Dolphins will be drafting one or more Guards in the upcoming draft I just find it hard to believe with so much need on the defensive side of the ball that they would even entertain the thought of drafting an offensive Guard with their 22nd pick in this year’s draft.

Miami have their starting offensive line in place, I feel that includes the Left Guard position. You know the first thing they will say when being asked about the offensive line come training camp is other than the Center, and both tackle positions the Guards will be an open competitive battle in camp and I feel Jermon Bushrod will be our left Guard this season and any rookie Guards drafted will have to compete for playing time along the line.

Jermon Bushrod in my opinion should be on the left side of the line and the only reason he was not there last year is because we had the rookie LT get playing time at the left guard position before moving him over to the left tackle spot. Tunsil played very well at his position and the Dolphins felt more than comfortable enough to move him to his natural LT spot this season.

Jermon Bushrod played better last year than some have portrayed at the right Guard spot but he will play even better being moved to the left side of the line and can be a huge help to our young LT as he gets the nod to be the starting left tackle this year. Bushrod played all 16 games last year at a position that he had to adjust as he played on the right side of the line despite the fact that he played on the left side of the line at LT most of his career.

Miami should not let a rookie start next to Tunsil but he would be better served to play next to a veteran player and Bushrod would be the best player on the line to help both Tunsil and whoever we draft this season at the Left Guard spot.

What do you think about this subject?

Let us know in the comments

Phins Up!


Miami Dolphins 2017 7 Round Mock Draft

This is my official first shot  at a 7 round mock draft for Miami this year  it will remain fluid as I might change it as we get closer to draft day but so far these are the players that I have selected :

1st Round – 22nd – 22nd overall

Zach Cunningham,OLB
Vanderbilt, rJr
6’3″/234

2nd Round – 22nd – 54th overall

Dion Dawkins,OG
Temple, Sr
6’4″/314

3rd Round – 33rd* – 97th overall

DeMarcus Walker,DE
Florida State, Sr
6’4″/280

5th Round – 22nd – 166th overall

Deatrich Wise Jr.,DE
Arkansas, rSr
6’5″/274

5th Round – 34th – 178th overall

Jeremy Sprinkle,TE
Arkansas, rSr
6’5″/252

5th Round – 40th – 184th overall

Jon Toth,C
Kentucky, rSr
6’5″/307

6th Round – 22nd – 206th overall

Josh Harvey-Clemons,SS
Louisville, rSr
6’4″/217


Miami Dolphins 2017 Draft Prospects Tracker

Thanks to quite a few sites like Walter Football who track all visits per team I have compiled the list specific for our Miami Dolphins and will try to keep it up to date. Here are the names of the most recent post to date.

Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
Chris Wormley, DE/DT/3-4DE, Michigan
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
David Jones, FS, Richmond
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Devin Chappell, SS, Oregon State
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/3-4DE/NT, UCLA
Elijah Lee, ILB, Kansas State
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Jonathan Allen, DT/3-4DE, Alabama
Jonathan Calvin, DE, Mississippi State
Jordan Herdman, ILB, Simon Fraser
Jordan Willis^, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Kansas State
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE, Michigan State
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Orion Stewart, S, Baylor
Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State
Rudy Ford, S, Auburn
Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech

More names:

  • S Justin Evans Texas A&M
  • S Josh Jones of N.C. State.
  • DL/DE Dietrich Wise Jr. Arkansas
  • DE Carroll Phillips Illinois
  • DE Johnathan Calvin Mississippi State
  • LB Dylan Cole Missouri State