Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick Charles Harris starts strong in OTAs

Charles Harris looks good early. (AP)

DAVIE—The Dolphins were thrilled that defensive end Charles Harris lasted long enough in the NFL Draft for them to land him at No. 22, and what they’ve seen so far as confirmed their scouting assessment.

Harris has looked good during Organized Team Activities so far and has shown a great first step in the two open practices. While this is a watered-down version of what Miami will do during training camp—there’s no contact and the majority of the calls have been pass plays where defensive ends know they can race to the quarterback—it’s a promising first step.

The Dolphins are hoping Harris will be a solid backup behind Cameron Wake and Andre Branch this year, and Branch is already impressed by his understudy.

“Explosive—very explosive,” he said. “And he’s willing to learn. He doesn’t think he’s bigger than the d-line or bigger than the team.”

The offensive line has taken note, too. New left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who outweighs Harris by more than 50 pounds, said he’s already proven to be a big blocking challenge.

“Nice, nice,” Tunsil said. “He’s got an overall game. He knows how to turn his hips. He’s good with his hands and he’s quick off the ball. He’s a good pass rusher now. He’s nice.”

Harris, 22, put together an excellent three-year career at Missouri before turning pro. He had seven sacks in 2015 and followed up with nine last year.

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