Missouri DE Harris declares himself eligible for NFL draft

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri defensive end Charles Harris says he will skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Harris made his announcement Thursday, less than a week after Missouri closed out a season in which he tallied 61 tackles - a career high and the most this year by a Southeastern Conference lineman.

The fourth-year junior from Kansas City, Missouri, also had a career-best nine sacks this season and 18 over his career with the Tigers.

Harris was a second-team All-SEC selection last season, with seven sacks among his 56 tackles. Harris also forced two fumbles each of the past two seasons.

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