Photo of Chris Harper
Grade
5.08 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 175LBS. Weight

Overview

2014: Made 52 receptions for 634 yards and 6 TDs. 2013: Made 70 receptions for 852 yards and 5 TDs. Played in 11 games with nine starts before missing the team's final contest of the year at Stanford due to injury. 2012: Played in all 12 games with starts in each of the team's final five contests.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.52 and 4.54 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet
Short shuttle: 4.36 seconds
3-cone: 7.03 seconds
Bench: 11 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Has sudden, springy feet. Uses feet to escape in small spaces and is able to break routes off quickly and change direction with ease. Fluid hips lead him into relatively crisp turns. Shows potential as a route runner and has quick stem at the top. Does a nice job of selling double moves. Not a burner but can call on some acceleration. Has desired ball-tracking ability and will run through deep balls and can finish tough catches. Plays with good pace. Didn't have to do it that often, but tougher run blocker than expected for a player with his thin frame. Gets after cornerbacks with some attack to him.

Weaknesses

Wiry wide receiver who can be knocked off balance in his routes by physical cornerbacks. Has some tightness in his stride. Doesn't show NFL-caliber deep speed on tape to create separation on nine routes. Busy upper and lower body into routes when he's trying to sell deep but break underneath. Body-catcher with occasional focus drop. Play strength is below average and yards after catch must come from elusiveness. Scouts have concerns about whether he can stay healthy as he takes NFL hits. Inconsistent release against press.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Slightly built outside receiver who will have to move inside and man the slot. Harper's foot quickness, hips and ability to change direction with some suddenness could offer him a chance at success from inside and the fact that he will block only helps his case. Harper must prove his play speed is adequate and that he is sturdy enough to handle the rigors of the pro game.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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