Charles Harris talks about how Missouri has prepped him for the NFL, where he needs to improve, and his combine performance

Missouri Defensive End Charles Harris has become a bit of an enigma for NFL Draft analysts.

Harris’ film shows a twitched up athlete, with tons of skill and room to get even better. His combine number showed something completely different, testing in the 20th percentile or lower for the 60 yard shuttle, the 3-cone, the broad jump, weight, and arm length. In fact, the only number Harris tested in the top half of defensive ends over the last 20 years was the 40-yard dash, with a time of 4.82.

Harris is one of Dallas’ pre-draft visitors, and has widely been mocked to the Cowboys at pick #28. He joined CowboysCast last week to discuss his path to the draft, and these are just a few of the highlights.

On Missouri’s recent reputation for churning out NFL pass-rushers

“The coaches do a great job of taking what we already have from high school and really building off of it. Just making sure that we don’t change too much in our ways and get better overall.”

On if his relative inexperience playing football (five years) gives him room to grow

“That’s exactly how I feel. This is only the beginning in regards to my game overall. Ever since the season ended I’ve learned so much about the game, that I wish would have known during the season and beforehand.”

On where he needs to improve

“The first area is really pre-snap keys, especially in regards to what kind of set that I might get. So if (the offensive tackle) gives me a down-block, or he kicks, or whatever the case may be, just being able to react correctly with the right footing and right technique.

And that right there will help me translate over into playing the run well. Going back to watch the film, there’s a few times where a tackle reached me, and I thought it was a different kind of block and I didn’t engage right. So really I think that right there will help me improve in the run game, which is somewhere I need to improve. But it’s definitely not a lack of ability on my side, or strength, or lack of tenacity; it’s just a matter of me actually being coached-up and getting the right technique.”

On why his combine numbers didn’t match the tape or his pro day

“I think (with) the combine, when it did come around, I was just a little too drained. And also my training program was supposed to peak at a certain time, and I just overworked myself. I started training actually way back in November. As soon as the season ended, I hit the ground running and started training. So just a little too dead in my legs.”

You can check out the full interview with Charles Harris here: Charles Harris on CowboysCast

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