Again and again we have seen example of how the NFL draft is an inexact science. New York Giants wide receiver Chris Harper is an example. Let's look at Harper as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Harper was released by the Green Bay Packers at the end of the 2014 preseason. He was signed to the Giants' practice squad in October, and signed to a reserve/futures contract at the end of the season.
2015 Season Outlook
Harper is a big, strong receiver at 6-foot-1, 229 pounds. Harper, 25, is going to have a difficult time getting noticed in a crowded, talented group of wide receivers. Harper was drafted in fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, but has never been able to get his NFL career off the ground.
Harper was cut by the Seahawks at the end of the preseason, something that rarely happens to players drafted that high. He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers, but was inactive for six weeks before being cut. He wound up with the Packers, where he played in four games but never caught a pass.
Here is a quote from Harper during his time in Green Bay:
"I know I can play. I've done it my whole life," Harper said. "I know it's not the NFL, but I've done it at every level. So that's why I can be so confident. I'm still as confident as I was. You're never happy getting fired. At Seattle, I got fired. I was happy that they let me go so I could go somewhere else and play. I got the opportunity.
"Even in San Francisco, even though I didn't get an opportunity, I still feel like they fired me. They thought I wasn't good enough to play there."
Well, Harper only played two offensive snaps in Green Bay and they ultimately fired him, too.
Harper was thought of as a player with a lot of upside coming out of Kansas State. Here is part of a scouting report from TFY Draft Insider:
Harper is a physical specimen whose game has taken off the past two seasons. He's a terrific combination of size and speed as well as developing pass catching skills. Harper offers the ability to develop into a second wideout in the NFL, if he continues to progress.
We have talked about the depth the Giants have at wide receiver before. With players like Corey Washington, Preston Parker, Marcus Harris and Geremy Davis seeming to be ahead of him on the depth chart it seems like chancer are pretty good the Giants will eventually fire, Harper, too.