clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Charles Harris' 2016 production has been disappointing, but his draft stock is likely still solid

New, 46 comments

Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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.

-- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou reshifts focus for season's final stretch

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."

-- KC Star: Mizzou notebook

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.

Mizzou Tigers pennant 4 days to Vandy (and 298 days to the 2017 season)

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Barry Odom meets the press: Week 10

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU notes: Odom expects Newsom to play a bit more this week

Post-Dispatch: Live updates from Barry Odom's press conference

Post-Dispatch: Early preview: Missouri vs. Vanderbilt - Monday Media Notebook

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.

B&G Illustrated: Video: Missouri Football Coach Barry Odom Press Conference Nov. 7

3 games left

KC Star: Mizzou focuses on playing for seniors, pride with bowl opportunity gone

You could say that

The Missourian: Missouri football's kicking woes becoming a major concern

How bad is the November 19 SEC slate?

The Trib: Missouri-Tennessee game to be televised on CBS

That bad.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Woohoo!

The Trib: MU soccer secures at-large berth into NCAA Tournament @MizzouSoccer Earns Seventh NCAA Tournament Berth

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.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Finally ranked @MizzouVB Makes Season Debut in AVCA Coaches Poll, Checks in at #21 Overall Mizzou's Crow Named Week 11 SEC Player of the Week

Mizzou Tigers pennant A successful tune-up Four Tigers Score in Double Figures to Fuel @MizzouWBB Past Truman State

The Trib: MU women's basketball concludes exhibition play with victory over Truman State

The Missourian (Ron Davis!): Battered Tigers cruise to exhibition win despite injury scares

KC Star: Mizzou women blast Truman State in final exhibition tune-up