Harper Up: Seahawks Draft Receiver
By Liz Mathews
With the 123rd overall pick and their lone selection in the fourth round, the Seattle Seahawks selected wide receiver Chris Harper out of Kansas State University.
Harper started 32 of 39 games for Kansas State from 2010-2012, after redshirting in 2009 following his transfer from Oregon. For the Ducks, Harper began his career as a quarterback, but converted over to wide receiver after just five games. As a Wildcat, Harper had 123 catches for 1,734 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Finding and developing more depth in the wide receiving corps had been a need for Seattle this year, despite having traded for star receiver Percy Harvin to start the offseason.
“I look at defenses differently,” Harper, the former quarterback, told the Seattle media during his conference call Saturday. “I understand the rotations, coverages, things like that. It has helped me a lot. I’m a step ahead. When I’m out there, I’m not trying to move on the fly, I understand kinda, what a defense is going to do. “
At 6-foot-1, 229 lbs., Harper has the bigger mold the Seahawks have been turning to in recent years. But with talent like Harvin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin to compete with, Harper is certainly not guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster.