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Chris Harper would've been an ideal pickup for the Redskins.
Of all the receivers in the 2013 draft, Chris Harper was the one who made the most sense for the Redskins. A big receiver who has the strength to fight off cornerbacks in the air, make the catch and protect the ball on the way down, he could have been a genuine red-zone threat in Washington for years to come.
Instead, however, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round, just four picks after the Redskins selected Phillip Thomas. Picking Thomas was the right choice for Washington, but Harper was a prospect Shanahan could have really used this year.
Although the Seahawks already have Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate, Harper could yet find his way to the field. At K-State, he picked up key first downs and was a reliable target for Collin Klein. He runs good routes and has a good initial burst of acceleration that enables him to get separation.
Both Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III could have done a lot with a receiver like Harper, while Kyle Shanahan could have dreamed up some plays that made good use of his size and created mismatches across the field.