The Dolphins released Mario Williams earlier this offseason and Cameron Wake, 35, is getting a little long in the tooth. They needed pass-rush help, and they got it in the first round of this year's draft.
With the No. 22 overall pick, Miami selected Missouri edge defender Charles Harris in the hopes that -- among other things -- he'll be able to bother Tom Brady and the Patriots twice a year.
Harris is an interesting story in that he came to the sport relatively late as a junior in high school, but he quickly turned himself into one of the most polised pass-rushers in this year's class. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder was named a second-team All-SEC selection last season.
Though Harris has good quickness and a variety of pass-rush moves, including what was probably the best spin move off the edge in the draft, he comes to the league with some questions about his ability to defend the run and may be limited to playing in sub packages early in his career.
There's value in specialty pass-rushers, though, and if Harris can eventually get after quarterbacks the way Wake has over the last eight years, the Dolphins will be able to live with any of his shortcomings in the running game.