Character still matters in the NFL.
At least it does to the Miami Dolphins.
When they went on the clock Thursday night, two very talented players were still on the board, largely because of personal red flags: Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.
The Dolphins passed on both.
“Great character guy,” a high-level Dolphins employee said as he left the training facility just before midnight Thursday. “Also a really good player. It made it easy on all of us.”
The Dolphins didn’t spend much time with Harris. They didn’t feel they needed to. He checked the most important box.
“This guy loves football,” general manager Chris Grier said. “It's very important to him.”