2017 NFL Draft: 5 Overrated Players for the Baltimore Ravens
Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
Ever since the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then his Pro Day 7 days ago, Charles Harris has been creeping up draft boards. Often he has been heralded as one of the best pure pass rushers in this draft. So that makes him a great target for the Ravens then, no? Not for me, at least not at #16.
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As I just mentioned his pass rushing abilities are his appeal. He has an explosive get off and good bend around the edge. That get off is utilized pretty well in the run game as he shoots gaps and gets ahead of offensive lineman. His spin move is his go to pass rush move. He can spin in either direction depending on where he is rushing from. Even if he doesn’t win off the snap he has great effort and pursues well. Those skills coupled with his frame and Pro Day measurables mean he is an attractive prospect.
Unfortunately, there are a number of negatives that come with Harris. Against the run he isn’t very strong. He is pretty slow to locate the ball or diagnose the play and he doesn’t have the strength to suddenly shed the block. He just gets carried down the line of scrimmage by the o-line. Even with his explosive first step his hands let him down.
He has the tools to work with and is an attractive pass rusher, but a player with some of the deficiencies he has is being overrated if he is going at #16 overall.