Missouri defensive end Charles Harris has steadily improved his 2017 NFL draft stock over the past few months, despite being overshadowed by other SEC pass rushers such as Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, Alabama’s Jonathan Allen and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett.
But Harris could be selected higher than most believe, possibly ahead of Barnett, according to sources who spoke with ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
After talking to sources I've realized Charles Harris will be selected higher than most believe, possibly ahead of Derek Barnett. #NFLDraft
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) April 19, 2017
According to Sporting News, Harris has received multiple top-10 grades from NFL teams and is expected to be drafted in the top 15, with the highest potential spot being No. 6 overall to the Jets.
Last month, Harris retested several drills at Missouri’s Pro Day despite participating in a full workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, most notably improving his vertical jump from 32 inches to 37.5 inches. An NFC scout told NFL.com that Harris was “damn impressive” during the event.
The junior was the biggest draw at the event, which was attended by linebacker coaches from three franchises – the Jets’ Kevin Greene, the Steelers’ Joey Porter and the Bengals’ Jim Haslett.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that Harris is a “stud” and pointed out that the former Tiger dominated opposing blockers on game film in March.
Harris recently climbed 16 spots on Jeremiah’s overall rankings and currently sits at No. 19 overall. He had 61 tackles in 2016, including 12 for loss and nine sacks.
Harris also announced that he has been invited to the draft’s first round and will attend.
Harris told the Kansas City Star he met with 29 teams at the combine and said he was “anxious” about the draft process.
“It’s a long process, so I take it one day at a time, one visit at a time, one meeting at a time,” he told the newspaper. “Eventually, I know the days are going to start (crossing) themselves out and eventually the day will come that my name is going to be called and I’ll be happy.”
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