ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has finally released his first mock draft since December and when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has them selecting an edge rusher in the first one and one that several of you should already be pretty familiar with.
McShay has the Steelers selecting Missouri outside linebacker Charles Harris with 30th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and here is what he wrote about him:
Harris is a twitchy, high-energy player who brings some versatility to the table. He led the SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015, and he had 16 sacks the past two seasons. He’s not a finished product, but Harris has a lot of nice tools and profiles as a fringe first-rounder.
In his recently released Top 32 article, McShay had Harris ranked 29th overall and with a grade of 87. Here is what he wrote about Harris in that article:
Harris had 5.5 sacks, six QB hurries and a forced fumble in his final four games. That came after he led the SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015. A twitchy athlete off the edge, Harris is just scratching the surface as a pass-rusher. If he adds some bulk to his frame, watch out.
You probably have noticed by now that our very own Josh Carney has filed his full breakdown of Harris and if you missed it, you can read it by following the link below. Additionally, below are links to the evaluations of Harris that Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah provided previously for NFL.com.
I am also including the edge rusher rankings of Justis Mosqueda below that he has juxtaposed to NFL.com ‘s rankings.
Barring the Steelers going the free agency route, they will more than likely address the outside linebacker position during the first few rounds of the draft. Being as Harris is becoming a somewhat popular pick for the Steelers during the early stages of the major media mock draft process, I will compile as many of his sacks that I can find in a future video for you so be on the lookout for that.
— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) February 1, 2017