Photo of Cullen Harper
Grade
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  • 5.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 225LBS. Weight

Overview

Few players have fallen as fast or as far as Harper did during his senior year. Many expected him to be the top-rated senior quarterback in the 2009 draft after he broke 21 school records in his first season as a starter in 2007, including passer rating (141.0), passing touchdowns (27) and TD-to-INT ratio (27-6). Although he finished with 2,671 passing yards in 2008, Harper threw only 13 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. He was even benched for one start, although he eventually came into that game.

Harper's long delivery, lack of accuracy and poor decision making were all exposed when Clemson's running game struggled. His selfish initial reaction to the firing of head coach Tommy Bowden did not impress scouts either. Harper has enough accuracy in the short to intermediate range to warrant development in a West Coast Offense, but his lack of upside and struggles as a senior may result in his falling out of the draft entirely. Had an arm span of 31 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good size for the position. Quick setup. Effective game-manager. Scans the field quickly and will take what the defense gives him. At least adequate arm-strength. Enough accuracy for a short- to medium-range passing game. Good touch, especially down the seam. More mobile than given credit for. Not elusive, but has vision, guts and just enough speed to take yards the defense gives up. Experienced taking snaps from center or via shotgun. Negatives: Blessed with a great deal of surrounding skill position talent and when Clemson's running game struggled in 2008, so did Harper. Adequate arm strength, but doesn't own a howitzer. Bit of an extended delivery. Pulls the ball a bit deep behind his ear, though he has a smooth release. Can get tunnel vision and stare down his receiver. Inconsistent week of practice at the Senior Bowl did little to ease scouts' concerns.
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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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