The Seattle Seahawks knew heading into 2013 that they needed to add some extra weapons to quarterback Russell Wilson’s arsenal.
They went out and traded for Percy Harvin, who will immediately add a dynamic quality to the offense. The Seahawks also spent a fourth-round pick on Chris Harper, a wide receiver from Kansas State who has the potential to be a difference-maker early on in his NFL career.
It didn’t take long for Harper to show that he could make an impact for the Seahawks. During the team’s rookie minicamp, the former Wildcat tore it up – albeit against subpar opponents. According to reports, he showed a keen ability to catch the football and impressed coaches in the process.
The only downside for Harper is that he’s buried on a wide receiver depth chart strewn with talent. Harvin and Sidney Rice are entrenched as the top two pass-catchers for the Seahawks, while Golden Tate should see plenty of time as the No. 3 receiver after a breakout season in 2012. Although Doug Baldwin suffered from a sophomore slump last year, his ability to change a game with his hands is undeniable.
Still, it’s hard to see the Seahawks letting Harper’s talents go to waste this season, even as a No. 5 receiver. He’s a big, strong, aggressive receiver with the speed and hands to complete the package. Throughout his time at Kansas State, he was also asked to block a lot, which helped him develop terrific blocking abilities.
If it wasn’t for the fact that he caught passes from a subpar quarterback in Collin Klein, Harper might have gone much higher than he did.
It’s going to be tough for Harper to crack the rotation considering the Seahawks’ depth at wide receiver. However, if he can prove during training camp that his talents shouldn’t be wasted on the bench, head coach Pete Carroll is smart enough to find ways to utilize him.
Harper is far from a sure thing, but the upside and physical tools are there for him to thrive in the NFL. We’ll see during training camp if the Seahawks can harness his potential and turn him into a contributor.