Seattle Seahawks Draft WR Chris Harper in 4th Round
By Josh Davis
Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas State Wildcats receiver Chris Harper (3) is defended by Oregon Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
With their third pick in the draft (round 4, #123 overall) the Seattle Seahawks have selected wide receiver Chris Harper out of Kansas State.
Last night in the press conference, both Pete Carroll and John Schneider talked about filling out the roster with guys that build competition to any and every position. Harper fulfills that goal for the receiver position. He is a converted quarterback who transferred from Oregon for “personal reasons” and change positions for the Wildcats.
He is 6’1″, 229 pounds and described as a highly physical receiver, but is admittedly still learning the position fully. All of that adds up to him having a high ceiling and being yet another player that Pete Carroll likes, due to his unique abilities. Also, apparently Carroll recruited Harper at least somewhat during his junior year in high school, adding another draft pick to that trend over the past couple of years as well.
CBSSports.com has this analysis on Harper:
"Highly physical receiver with better field speed than 40-yard dash indicates. Uses size well to shield defenders from the ball.Harper is a coordinated athlete with above average body control and focus, tracking the ball beautifully. Not overly explosive. More of a one-speed player, but has improved each game as a route runner"
NFL.com’s draft profile of Harper (video)
Harper said on his teleconference with the Seattle press that he models his game after Anquan Boldin and some of the bigger wide receivers in the NFL.