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Texas sophomore DT Jordan Elliott transferred to Missouri.

"(Missouri DL coach Brick) Haley is one of the best D-Line coaches out there. Missouri’s a powerhouse for defensive linemen. They’re coming and going first round every year. That’s real appealing to me," Elliott said of his transfer choice. Texas A&M and Florida were also in consideration, here. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2016 and went on to register eight tackles (1.5 for loss) in six games with the Longhorns as a true freshman. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2017 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: Rivals
May 27 - 3:39 PM

Missouri freshman DT Akial Byers was able to sign on April 21 after working through academic issues.

Byers had been committed to Alabama back in January, but he was unable to enroll at the university due to academics and actually signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in February. He evidently shored up the school side of the equation, as he landed with Missouri two months later. And it could be a grand get for the Tigers. ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that the 6-foot-4, 256-pounder "has the type of ability that could allow him to contribute quickly." ESPN ranked him as the No. 151 prospect in the 2017 cycle -- making him Mizzou's highest ranking player in their 2017 class. Kahn colleague Craig Haubert believes he has a similar developmental ceiling to Jonathan Allen.
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 8:50 PM

Missouri junior QB Drew Lock completed 8-of-14 passes for 63 yards during the team's spring game.

Lock was only in for a few series, hence the lack of more robust statistics. He won't be receiving the same kind of pub as, say, Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason or Shea Patterson, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is quietly one of the more interesting quarterbacks in the SEC. Last season, Lock threw for 3,398 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio in 12 games played. Those numbers marked a respectable improvement off his work as a true freshman. Next step: More consistency. He completed just 54.6% of his passes and posted a 10/10 TD/INT ratio against SEC competition in 2016. He has more than enough arm strength to compete against elite defenses if he can improve on his decision-making.
May 22 - 8:11 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Missouri sophomore WR Dimetrios Mason "must keep that (late-season) level of production for Missouri’s offense to take a step forward."

The late-season production Jeyarajah references saw Mason log at least 60 yards receiving in three of his last four games. In that same space, the 6-foot, 185-pounder caught at least five passes in three contests. His 587 receiving yards for the season were the most ever at the program for a true freshman. Missouri saw immediate offensive dividends after switching to an Air Raid system last offseason under OC Josh Heupel, improving from last in the conference in passing in 2015 to second in 2016.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 2:05 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Missouri redshirt junior G Kevin Pendleton "has the potential to be an all-conference player if voters can get past name recognition bias."

"Pendleton is a remarkable move-blocker, with outstanding location skills and an excellent understanding of leverage," Connolly explains, later adding that the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder is "at his best when asked to pull, locate a second-level defender, and carve a more advantageous lane for a running back." More critically, the analyst would like to see Pendleton shore up his core functional strength, noting that at this juncture, he is "more of a technique blocker than a mauler."
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 6:55 PM

Texas sophomore DT Jordan Elliott will transfer.

Elliott announced his transfer attempt in a Snapchat post. A four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle -- one which Charlie Strong wrestled away from Michigan -- the 6-foot-2, 213-pounder played in six games as a true freshman, recording eight tackles (1.5 for loss). His desired transfer destination is not yet known, but assuming he sticks at the FBS level, he would have to sit out the 2017 season.
May 18 - 5:00 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes Missouri junior DE Nate Howard (knee) can help ease some of the burden left by Charles Harris' departure.

Howard had a promising freshman season in 2015, logging 12 tackles and two TFL. A knee injury stole most of his 2016 campaign, but he looks no worse for the wear. Aschoff writes that Howard "looked good during spring practice."
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 3:19 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Missouri sophomore CB DeMarkus Acy has "freakish natural ability."

"He's a converted safety and began the spring atop the Tigers' depth chart. It appears as though he ended spring there, too," Aschoff writes of the 6-foot-2, 183-pounder. Acy was a consensus three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and went on to record six tackles and two passes defended during his freshman year. He worked mostly as a special-teamer this past season. Notes Aschoff, "Acy's athleticism is undeniable, but he will have to continue to work on his coverage skills going forward."
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 1:30 PM

Patriots signed Missouri DT Josh Augusta.

Augusta (6’4/347) was a massive rotational player on Mizzou’s defensive line, piling up 20 career tackles for loss, four sacks, and two forced fumbles while doubling as a short-yardage lead blocker on offense. Augusta never emerged as a full-time starter due to weight problems, gaining 100 pounds over the course of his career. While Augusta had some positive pass-rush moments in the SEC, he projects as an early-down space eater only. Weighing in at nearly 370 when last season ended, Augusta will have to get his conditioning in order to carve out a meaningful career.
May 1 - 1:40 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter assigned the Miami Dolphins an "A-" for their work in the draft.

"Miami definitely needed to get younger in its pass rush, so seeing [Missouri DE Charles] Harris on the board was a godsend," Reuter writes. "He'll need to improve against the rush to be an all-around player on the edge, but the pick will still be very good." Deeper into the draft, the analyst is keen on Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersey (selected in the third round). Reuter sees him as having "a chance to start in Year 2." He also tagged Utah G Isaac Asiata as "an immediate starting guard."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 30 - 1:09 PM

Dolphins selected Missouri DE Charles Harris with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Harris (6’3/253) turned pro after his redshirt junior year at Mizzou, finishing his career with 34.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, and earning second-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches in 2016. On tape, Harris exhibited a sensational spin move and explosive get-off, but was often overpowered in run defense. Harris disappointingly tested as a ninth-percentile athlete at the Combine with 4.82 speed and a brutal 9-foot-1 broad jump. A film-versus-metrics conundrum, Harris is a favorite of devout film watchers. Ultimately, Harris is likely best suited for a situational pass-rusher role in the pros.
Apr 27 - 10:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Missouri edge rusher Charles Harris "will be drafted earlier than most people presently project."

According to Pauline's little birdies, Harris is one of "the fastest last-minute movers" as the hour draws nigh for the draft. Earlier this month, Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko reported that "multiple" teams have assigned a top-10 grade for the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder and believes that Harris could be off the board within the first 15 picks.
Apr 27 - 6:13 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko hears that "[t]he Redskins will take Charles Harris is he’s available at No. 17 ... if they stick to their draft board."

Should Harris already have been selected by the time the Redskins are on the clock (as seems to be the way matters are trending), Galko ticks off Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Cook as potential alternate options.
Apr 27 - 5:52 PM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko wrote that he would be "absolutely floored" if Missouri edge rusher Charles Harris was available at pick No. 26.

Galko was responding to a report by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline regarding a potential pick swap between the Falcons (No. 31) and the Seahawks (No. 26). According to Pauline, Atlanta may be eyeing Harris. Which Galko sees as problematic for the Dirty Birds. "Never say never," Galko wrote, "but I don't see any scenario how he's there."
Apr 25 - 8:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Seahawks and Falcons are in discussions to swap first-round picks.

The Falcons hold the No. 31 pick, while the Seahawks hold the No. 26 pick. According to Pauline, Atlanta would like to jump up in order to secure a top-tier pass-rusher, with Mizzou's Charles Harris "the name being floated" as their probable target. Pauline additionally passes along that should this trade happen, the Seahawks could be looking at Utah T Garrett Bolles with that No. 31 pick. Per the analyst, Atlanta would probably have to part with a fourth-round selection in compensation for the swap.
Apr 25 - 6:46 PM


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