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Chris Harper: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kansas State WR

Matt SteinCorrespondent IINovember 28, 2016

Chris Harper: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kansas State WR

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    Chris Harper transferred to Kansas State with the hopes of becoming a quarterback. However, he quickly found his calling as a wide receiver and played well during his three years with the university.

    Being a former quarterback certainly helped make the transition smoother for Harper. He's got a good combination of size and speed to go along with solid overall hands.

    Let's take a look at five things you need to know about Harper, the former Kansas State wide receiver.   

Background

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    Full Name: Christopher Dion Harper

    Birthday: September 10, 1989

    Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

    High School: Northwest High School

    Major: Communications

    Year: Senior

     

    Harper was a standout quarterback for his high school, with exceptional athletic skills. He was just as talented running the ball as he was throwing the ball.

    Rivals.com had him ranked as the 14th-best "athlete" in the country. Harper originally signed with the Oregon Ducks out of high school.

Statistics

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    When Chris Harper transferred from Oregon to Kansas State, no one could have expected he'd make an impact as a wide receiver so soon in his collegiate career.

    Harper continued to grow as a prospect and perfect his craft with each season that passed. His statistics also improved with each season that passed.

     

    YEAR REC YDS YDS/REC TD
    2010 25 330 13.2 4
    2011 40 547 13.7 5
    2012 57 848 14.9 3

     

    All statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 229 lbs

    Arm Length: 32-3/4"

    Hand Size: 9-3/4"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds

    Bench press: 20 reps (top performer)

    Vertical jump: 35.5"

    Broad jump: 116"

    3 cone drill: 6.89 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds

     

    Pro Day results

    40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds

     

    Chris Harper had a very good showing at the NFL Combine, but his 4.38 40-yard dash at the Kansas State pro day proved he has the elite speed to be a real threat in the NFL.

     

    All Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

    All pro day results courtesy of WalterFootball.com.

Interesting Facts

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    Chris Harper was the definition of a high school all-star. As a freshman, Harper rushed for over 1,000 yards as a running back for Collegiate High School. He switched high schools and was a standout quarterback for the final three seasons.

    Not only was he dominant on the football field, but he excelled in basketball, too. In fact, Harper won the Class 6A state title during his sophomore year in high school. 

Observations

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    There are many who feel that Chris Harper could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft. Bleacher Report writer Chris Trapasso is one of them:

     

    .@bkissel7 Re: WR Chris Harper - I agree. Big. Physical. Competitive. Strong hands. Some deep threat potential. Legit sleeper of mine.

    — Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) April 22, 2013

     

    Mike Loyko over at NEPatriotsDraft.com showed us that Harper isn't only physically gifted, but also pretty smart:

     

    Chris Harper scored 33 on his Wonderlic according to Bob McGinn.. thats a great number, especially for a WR

    — Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) April 20, 2013

     

    Back during the Senior Bowl, Harper caught the eye of Cecil Lammey, an NFL insider for ESPN:

     

    One of my favorite players this week @seniorbowl is Kansas State WR Chris Harper-- size, crisp routes, reminds me of Anquan Boldin #NFLDraft

    — Cecil Lammey (@cecillammey) January 23, 2013

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