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Chandler Harnish to Colts: Scouting Report and Analysis

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02:  Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass in the first quarter of the MAC Championship game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field on December 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 23-20.  (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Shawn BrubakerContributor IIApril 28, 2012

Chandler Harnish's running ability is reminiscent of Tim Tebow, but Harnish is entering the NFL with significantly less buzz.

Surprisingly, the quarterback out of Northern Illinois really is a similar prospect to Tebow, but with more accuracy on his throws. Unfortunately, he does not possess Tebow's moxie or arm strength, which is the reason for his draft projection.

The NFL Network sees Harnish as an "effective scrambler and a better thrower on the run than he is in the pocket." They also point to his competitive drive as a major positive.

On the negative side, they note that "his accuracy is so off at times that it brings his value all the way down to the late rounds."

CBS Sports sees things a little differently. They are impressed with his elusiveness and athleticism, but they also point to his vision, arm strength and mechanics as pluses.

Like most analysts, CBS Sports also has reservations about Harnish's accuracy, and they also point to his size as a potential pitfall.

All in all, Harnish is an impressive college player, but he'll have trouble making it in the NFL. Despite his running ability and occasional impressive throw, his accuracy is mediocre overall and his arm strength is not ideal.

Despite this, Harnish could be a good developmental prospect, and at the very least he could contribute as a wildcat and backup quarterback.


Pick Analysis

Chandler Harnish is 2012's Mr. Irrelevant, going to the Indianapolis Colts with the last pick of the draft. It's probably a bad thing when your closest comparison is a slightly more accurate Tim Tebow without the intangibles. Still, the Colts got their quarterback of the future with Andrew Luck so Harnish could be an interesting change-of-pace option (remember, Luck caught a couple passes in college) and might be a serviceable emergency option behind center.

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