Charles Harris
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Harris in 2020
No. 53 – Detroit Lions
Position:Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-06) March 6, 1995 (age 27)
Kansas City, Missouri
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Kansas City (MO) Lincoln Prep
College:Missouri (2013–2016)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:140
Sacks:14.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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

Early years

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.[1] He also had 15 receptions for 285 and five touchdowns. He committed to the University of Missouri to play college football.[2] Harris also played basketball in high school and took boxing classes.[3]

College career

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.[4] Harris took over as a starter in 2015 and had 56 tackles and seven sacks.[5][6]

Professional career

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.[7] 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.[8][9][10][11]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+34 in
(1.90 m)
253 lb
(115 kg)
32+38 in
(0.82 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.82 s 1.65 s 2.78 s 4.40 s 7.35 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Missouri's Pro Day[12][13]

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins selected Harris in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[14]

Atlanta Falcons

On May 1, 2020, the Dolphins traded Harris to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2021 seventh-round draft pick.[15] The next day, the Falcons declined the fifth-year option on Harris' contract, making him a free agent in 2021. In Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, Harris was ejected from the game after hitting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's head while he was sliding.[16]

Detroit Lions

On March 19, 2021, Harris signed with the Detroit Lions.[17]

On March 18, 2022, Harris signed a two-year, $13 million contract extension with the Lions.[18]

References

  1. ^ "After late arrival, Missouri football's Charles Harris confident in big role | Sports | columbiamissourian.com". columbiamissourian.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Signing Day surprise: Lincoln Prep defensive end commits to MU | The Kansas City Star". kansascity.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Youth boxing helped instill toughness in Missouri's Charles Harris | The Kansas City Star". kansascity.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Goal of greatness drives Missouri defensive end Charles Harris". kansascity.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Harris expects to leave his mark on Mizzou football | Mizzou | stltoday.com". stltoday.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Charles Harris is latest in Missouri's defensive line standouts | Times Free Press". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "*Charles Harris, DS #5 DE, Missouri". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the Top 100 Prospects of the 2017 NFLDraft". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brooks' top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's top 5 prospects by position 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Charles Harris". NFL.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "*Charles Harris, DS #5 DE, Missouri". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Poupart, Alain (April 28, 2017). "Dolphins Select Harris In First Round". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  15. ^ McFadden, Will (May 1, 2020). "Falcons trade 2021 seventh-round pick for Charles Harris". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers - October 29th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  17. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agents DE Charles Harris and RB Jamaal Williams". DetroitLions.com. March 19, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  18. ^ "Lions re-sign OLB Charles Harris to contract extension through 2023 season". DetroitLions.com. March 18, 2022.