NFL Draft Rumors: Charles Harris Continues to Climb Mock Drafts; Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers Potential Landing Spots

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 04/20/17 07:11PM EDT
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There are rumors that Missouri defensive lineman Charles Harris could be drafted higher than expected as he continues to climb the recent mock drafts with only a week away before the 2017 NFL Draft. Two teams are said to be interested in making the Tigers junior their first-round selection and they are the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburg Steelers.

This year's draft class is quite deep at the defensive lineman spot with the likes of projected top pick Myles Garett of Texas A&M, Stanford's Solomon Thomas, Alabama's Jonathan Allen, Tennessee's Derek Barnett, and Michigan's Taco Charlton. Playing in the same position, Harris is not expected to become a Top 10 or Top 20 pick in the draft as initial projections put him as a late first-round or early second-round selection.

However, SB Nation reported that the 21-year-old, two-time All-SEC Second-Teamer is slowly climbing the mock drafts as reports went out that the Eagles could possibly pick him at no. 14. The report said that Harris is included in Philadelphia's top five draft prospects for the 14th overall pick, which also includes Barnett, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, and Washington wide receiver John Ross.

With speculations spreading that the Eagles are more likely to draft a defensive end in the first round, the choice narrows down to only Harris and Barnett. Barnett is projected to be drafted at no. 9 by the Cincinnati Bengals in recent mock drafts.

Meanwhile, Chat Sports indicated that another team who wants Harris is Pittsburgh. The report predicted that the Steelers will draft Harris with the 30th overall pick.

Other rumors are saying that the Steelers might trade their 30th, 135th, and 2018 second-round pick to the Detroit Lions for the 21st pick to have a better chance at getting Harris. However, the Eagles can still spoil their plans if Philly drafts him at no. 14.



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