Missouri defensive end draft prospect Charles Harris highlighted the New York Jets as a team that has been keeping tabs on him.
“I got a good vibe from them,” Harris told SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Harris is rated as the 32nd best prospect in the draft on CBSSports.com’s big board, and the fifth-best defensive end in the class. He’s being projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick by most analysts. Nine of his 18 career sacks at Mizzou came last season. He finished his three-year collegiate career with 34.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, five pass deflections and a fumble recovery.
Before you think the Jets don’t need to draft another defensive lineman —with former first-rounders Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson all still on the team — some scouts see Harris as a potential edge rusher and outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At 6-foot-3, 253 pounds, he has the size to thrive more at that position at the next level.
The Jets have lacked a threatening edge rusher for years. They played Lorenzo Maudin IV and rookie Jordan Jenkins at the outside linebacker spots for most of the year, with some Mike Catapano sprinkled in. All of them are young players and none of them had more than 2.5 sacks in 2016.
The upshot: A lot of teams are keeping tabs on a lot of draft prospects at this time of year, but it’s always neat to see a guy mention a specific team like this. Not many football players are excited about joining the New York Jets as they currently look, to be fair. Harris should now be on Jets fans’ radar for the next four weeks.