Chris Harper WR Kansas State #3
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Size/Athleticism: Rare build for a receiver, he looks more like a running back. Height is average but his size is impressive. He’s very physical and a great athlete for his size. Played quarterback at Oregon before transferring to Kansas State.
Separation Skills: Not a threat to get over the top of the defense. He straight line speed is very average and he lacks the explosiveness to shake defenders to get open deep. Knows how to use his size to shield defenders in tight situations. He’s a prototypical possession receiver who can consistently provide the quarterback with a target on shorter routes. Not exceptionally quick in his breaks, which contributes to his inability to get deep.
Ball Skills: Reliable hands. He consistently catches with his hands away from his body and quickly secures the ball. He struggles to adjust to the ball in the air at time, but he’s a good athlete and should continue to improve in his area due to his relatively limited experience at receiver.
Intangibles: Three-years of experience as a receiver at Kansas State after transferring from Oregon where he played a mix of quarterback and receiver as a true freshman in 2008.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Harper’s upside is limited by his size and speed, but he can definitely contribute as a possession receiver. Due to his lack of height, he isn’t the prototypical receiver, but his rare strength and ability to fight through press coverage and use his body to shield defenders from the ball allows him to be effective. He should continue to show growth at the next level as someone who is relatively new to the position.