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Grade
68.0 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 229LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Many high school quarterbacks are converted to different positions once they arrive in college because of their inadequate size, passing skills, or ability to digest a more complex offense. Some take to the move right away, while others hold onto the dream of becoming signal callers at the collegiate level. Harper fit into the latter category, resulting in a transfer, but has now begun to shine at his likely NFL position of wide receiver.



The top 100 national high school recruit from Wichita, Kansas, graduated early to take part in spring practices at the University of Oregon. His time as a passer in was short, however, as he was moved from quarterback (4-for-9, 40 yards, TD, 2 INT; 137 rush yards, two TD) to receiver (nine receptions, 122 yards, two TD) after the season’s first five games. He decided to transfer closer to home after the season, picking Kansas State (just like fellow transfers from Wichita, Bryce and Arthur Brown), partially because he wanted to prove himself at quarterback. But during his 2009 redshirt season, he was again approached by coaches to make the position change –- so he did. He played in every game at receiver in 2010, starting seven and making 25 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns. And as a full-time starter as a junior, Harper led the run-heavy Wildcats in receiving (40-547, 5 TD). In 2012, Harper started all 13 games, and totaled 58 catches for 857 yards and 3 touchdowns. His play earned him a Coaches All-Big-12 second-team honor.

Analysis

Strengths

Size/speed combination is impressive. Cornerbacks trying to press him at the line see his quickness and pure acceleration down the sideline. On crosses, sells the outside routes before planting his foot to get inside position. Harper uses his size to his advantage, often shielding defenders. He also possesses a very strong set of hands that he uses to out-muscle smaller defensive backs. Very adept at catching the ball off of his frame. He is also very tough to bring down with the ball in his hands.

Weaknesses

Could finish plays more consistently, as he will stand around a bit while his quarterback is trying to scramble and doesn’t always sustain his blocks despite his aggressiveness. A bit stiff in the hips. Fought an ankle injury in 2011. Hasn't been immensely productive.

NFL Comparison

Early Doucet

Bottom Line

It took Harper a couple of seasons, and a transfer from Oregon back to his home state, to embrace a position switch from quarterback to receiver. While Harper isn't extremely tall, he has a muscular frame, particular in his lower half. This along with his speed makes him a tough cover, and an even tougher player to bring down with the ball in his hands. He will likely be selected in the third or fourth round.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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