The Seattle Seahawks may not have had an area of any major concern in the 2013 NFL Draft, but one area where they could have used some depth was at wide receiver. They addressed this “need” in the fourth round when they selected wide receiver Chris Harper out of Kansas State. Harper gives the Seahawks size and strength, which is something they didn’t previously have much of in their group of quick, smaller wideouts like Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin.
He may not be a giant in terms of his height at 6’1″, but he has a build (234 pounds) that much more resembles that of a running back or a linebacker than a wide receiver. The Seahawks’ biggest current receiver is Sidney Rice, who is tall at 6’4″, but isn’t particularly bulky weighing only 202 pounds. Harper will give the Seahawks a receiver who can block exceptionally well on run downs and use his size and strength to make catches that the other guys aren’t capable of making.
He will give Seattle a great player on the outside who could ostensibly be used like a tight end on the outside. He’s also very versatile, as he briefly played quarterback in his time at the University of Oregon and was recruited by some schools as a running back. Pete Carroll was asked about Harper, and he really seems to like what he brings to the table according to the team website:
He gives us a guy that is a big, strong, physical receiver. He makes catches with guys hanging all over him.
If Chris Harper can come in, compete, and earn significant playing time, I think he could become a very valuable asset down the road. I don’t want to set the bar too high for this young man, but I think he could become the Seahawks’ number one receiver of the future.
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