On defense, Mizzou’s going to need some immediate imports along the defensive line, possibly from the junior college ranks. The Tigers will be especially thin at defensive tackle with the loss of seniors Rickey Hatley and Josh Augusta. For months, junior defensive end Charles Harris has been mentioned as a possible first-round prospect in the 2017 NFL draft. Odom has already talked to Harris about the draft, with more talks expected in the coming weeks. His pending grade from the NFL advisory committee will be influential, too.
Harris and first-year coach Barry Odom discussed his future among other topics during a one-on-one meeting Sunday.
"He’s a talented kid and luckily, now, they’ve got the advisory committee set up that will help us navigate through that a little bit," Odom said. " … I know what I want him to do. I want him to be successful and do what’s right for him."
Harris appreciates Odom’s patience and the fact "he’s in my corner."
Odom on Charles Harris pic.twitter.com/zqKlrX2ZYG— Austin Kim (@AustinKKim) November 7, 2016
Odom talked with DE Harris last night about expectations for final 3 games. Will talk to him about the NFL after advisory cmte weighs in.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) November 7, 2016
Odom on Harris: Started talking about future last night. Doesn't want him putting too much weight on his shoulders down stretch. Just be him— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) November 7, 2016
I've really struggled to get a read on how Charles Harris is doing this year. He obviously has less help up front, which is at least partially the result of losing Walter Brady to dismissal before the season. Plus, his production clearly dropped drastically after the scheme changes up front. You don't get faulted for the former, but the latter could cause you to drop on draft boards even if teams run a scheme more friendly to your strengths.
Pro Football Focus has remained high on Harris, noting that his rate of hurries and whatnot a indicative of a player who's been a bit unlucky in the sacks department and suggesting that the big plays are just around the corner. There was at least a hint of that on Saturday, when he both sacked Jake Bentley twice and nearly got him a couple more times. Regardless, he still needs 2.5 TFLs to get to 10 for the season, and even if he gets to 10-11, that's still a drastic decrease from last year's 18.5. From a pure aesthetics point of view, that's a bad look.
You still have to figure his draft evaluation keeps him in the top couple of rounds, maybe third (doubtful), though, and you still have to figure he's gone after 2016. He should be pretty close to a degree by the end of next semester, and he's still probably going to test pretty well at the Combine. But it'll be disappointing if he does end up slipping from the first round -- it seemed like that was a slam dunk two months ago.
4 days to Vandy (and 298 days to the 2017 season)
Much has been made of Missouri’s offense being geared toward Drew Lock only reading half the field. There is some truth to that. On certain snaps, that’s absolutely the approach.
"There's a lot of things that go into that," Barry Odom said. "In some cases that is right, we’re working just one side of the field or the middle. Then there’s times that both sides are hot. Within a call, there’s going to be two or three different checks that we’ve got out of it to get what we think can be a positive play for it."
But Lock said on Monday that is probably only about half of the offensive calls.
3 games left
You could say that
How bad is the November 19 SEC slate?
The Mizzou soccer team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament as the Tigers earned the seventh Tournament berth in program history, the NCAA announced on Monday. Missouri will travel to face Kansas in the first round at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
The berth marked the seventh time the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament, as the squad also made the field in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Mizzou is 3-4-3 all-time in the Tournament and has a record of 3-1-2 in NCAA first round games. In 2014, the Tigers also traveled to Kansas in the first round and earned a 3-1 win over the Jayhawks.
We drew Kansas. Huh. How random. That never happens.