Missouri DE Charles Harris has received an invitation to attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, according to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
If he accepts, Harris would join other top draft prospects at the ceremony, including North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett, considered the top player in the draft, is staying home.
Missouri's Charles Harris has been invited to attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 23, 2017
An invitation to the draft likely means Harris is expected to go in the first round. He was projected at No. 21 overall to the Detroit Lions in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft.
Missouri has a recent tradition of defensive players getting drafted in the early rounds. The Tigers had five defensive players selected in the first round in the past decade: DE Shane Ray (2015), DT Sheldon Richardson (2013), DE Aldon Smith (2011), LB Sean Weatherspoon (2010) and DT Ziggy Hood (2009).
Harris will try to continue that tradition when the draft begins Thursday, April 27.