The NFL took notice of Kentucky’s 35-21 win over Missouri last weekend.
In his weekly stock report, NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter said Kentucky’s Jon Toth is on the rise after the Wildcats’ win, while Missouri’s Charles Harris is on the decline.
Reuter said of Toth:
For the first time in a while, Kentucky is relevant in the SEC East, partially due to Toth. He’s tall for his position at 6-5, 310 pounds in the pivot, but Toth usually won the leverage battle against Missouri’s shorter, strong defensive tackles on Saturday, though he’ll need to play with knee bend more consistently to anchor against NFL-caliber players. He was impressive in his ability to stay with his block through the whistle and keep his feet alive and hands engaged. Toth also moved well to linebackers, keeping his balance on the move while not overreaching. A technically sound, intelligent leader, I expect Toth to be an NFL starter one day.
But while the NFL analyst had positive things to say about Toth, he wasn’t so kind to Harris, who struggled against the Wildcats with 7 tackles but zero sacks.
Harris went off against Georgia in the third week of the season, recording three sacks among four tackles for loss. In the other seven games of the year, the junior has managed only one assisted sack. Harris is a good player who can affect a game in other ways besides tackling the quarterback. He was a willing run defender against Kentucky on Saturday, trying his best to get off blocks outside and crash inside to prevent long gains. But any pass rusher who wants to be graded as an elite prospect by NFL scouts must prove he has the quickness and bend to reach the quarterback consistently against college tackles.