DAVIE—The Miami Dolphins went out of their way to keep secret their interest in Missouri defensive end Charles Harris, even though they zeroed in on him about a month ago. They selected him at No. 22 overall tonight, adding him to a rotation that features Cameron Wake and Andre Branch.
In order to keep other teams from figuring out their plans, Miami canceled the workout and interview it had scheduled with Harris in Davie.
“We purposely tried to stay away from him because everyone’s trying to figure out who’s going where, but this was a player we really, really liked,” general manager Chris Grier. “We’re excited to have him.
“Everyone’s tracking visits and all this stuff. Teams track that stuff. There’s some players we purposely try to stay away from once we’re comfortable with his character and what type of kid we’re getting.”
Grier said the team had two players in mind at No. 22, most likely meaning they targeted Harris and a contingency option. Two teams called to gauge Miami’s interest in trading down, but management was set on taking Harris.
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