Is there a place in a crowded New York Giants’ secondary for second-year cornerback Madre Harper? Let’s take a look as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp at the end of July.
Contract: One-year, $610,000 | Guaranteed: $0 | 2021 cap hit: $610,000
Career to date
The Giants poached Harper from the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad on October 1 of last season. Harper appeared in nine games for the Giants, playing 37 defensive snaps and 116 special teams snaps.
Harper has impressive size at 6-2, 190, 33⅞-inch arms thsy put in the 99th percentile for cornerbacks. 4.48 speed that puts him in the 66th percentile and a Relative Athletic Score of 9.99 out of a possible 10.0. In other words, he has tools to work with and the Giants took a chance that they could help turn him into a productive player.
It’s tough to judge the progress Harper made or didn’t make. He only played significant defensive snaps in one game, getting 24 in Week 7 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a Pro Football Focus grade of just 35.0 in that game, and played only four defensive snaps the rest of the season.
Harper finished the year on IR.
Harper should be in the mix for a role as one of the team’s reserve cornerbacks on the outside. Isaac Yiadom, Sam Beal, sixth-round pick Rodarius Williams, Jarren Williams, Quincy Wilson, Joshua Kalu and Chris Minton are also in that conversation.
If he doesn’t make the 53-man roster, the Giants would figure to try and get him to the practice squad. Whether they would be able to do that is a good question. They can’t be the only team in the NFL aware of Harper’s athletic tools.