Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood
Connor Harris is maybe the player that stands the biggest shot to really improve his draft stock this week. He is a Division II player that now holds the NCAA record for most tackles over an entire career. Harris also was a team captain every single season since 2013 for Linwood. On top of all that he also has received quite a few awards for his work in the classroom. Honestly if there is a kid to be rooting to find success this seems to be that person.
His coaches have nothing but high remarks for his game on the field and his work off the field. He is known for his work in the weight room to improve himself and it shows on the field. He has strength to fight off blockers and enough speed to make plays in both the run and pass game. Harris is a high energy, high effort, and highly successful linebacker that could see his name really climb the ranks. This is a weaker Inside Linebacker class so if he shows well this week it would not shock me to see him become a top-5 player at the position.
There are some weaknesses to his game. He has enough speed to make plays but he won’t wow people with his 40 time. His success is more about him having great instincts compared to incredible athleticism. He is also on the short side for the position. Teams would look to exploit him especially in the pass game if he was asked to cover a Tight End 1-on-1. Still this is a player that you would love to have in your locker room.