Wichita, Kansas native and former Kansas State Wildcat wide receiver Chris Harper was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft Saturday. Harper was the 123rd player chosen.
This past season Harper caught 58 passes for 857 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Wildcats. He was chosen by conference coaches as a Second Team All-Big 12 performer. NFL.com offered up this analysis:
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. He is also very tough to bring down with the ball in his hands.
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.
If Harper had lasted until the 134th pick, some of us at KC Kingdom were really hoping he would be taken by the Kansas City Chiefs but alas, it was not to be. The Seahawks got themselves a tough receiver with good hands and great strength who is hard to bring down in the secondary. Good luck, Chris Harper.