NFL Combine: D.J. Harper

NFL Combine: D.J. Harper

NFL Combine: D.J. Harper

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:16 AM

D.J. Harper
Runningback

Pre-Combine Grade: 58.8 (Considered a "draftable player." A prospect with the ability to make a team as a backup/role player. Projected to get drafted between 4th and 7th rounds.)

What they're saying:
Strengths
"Speed back who hits the jets when in the open field. When he presses the line, shows quick feet to cut into space and then quickly accelerate. Has some thickness to his frame, not a slight runner like many fast backs. Runs with good lean inside, ends up falling forward and can get through arm tackles. Flashes balance to keep running after a spin move in the open field. Willing to lower shoulder into defensive back to finish runs instead of stepping out of bounds. Shows good hands in limited chances as a receiver, threat to leave behind linebackers on wheel routes and make moves to free himself of coverage in the flat or over the middle. Plays some Wildcat QB in the red zone. Capable as a cut blocker." -- NFL.com

Weaknesses
"Tore left ACL twice, must check out medically. Lacks enough power to run inside, and will too frequently try and bounce to the outside. Keeps the ball in his inside hand at times instead of switching it away traffic. Not always as decisive as you’d like finding his hole behind the line, also loses his balance trying to make moves in the open field at times instead of taking what he can get. When attempting to anchor in against pass rushers, he either gets run through, or run past." -- NFL.com

Jay's Take:
It will be difficult for Harper to increase his draft value like former Boise State runningback Doug Martin did at the NFL Combine last year. Harper is not as athletically gifted as Martin, however, he is consistent and likely will not struggle in any of the tests he goes through in Indianapolis this weekend. Obviously Harper's injury history will be a concern, but he is a versatile back that can offer help in pass protection and he catches the ball well out of the backfield.

Mearsurements:
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 211
Arm Length: 31"
Hands: 10 1/4"

Workout Day: Sunday
40-Yard: 4.52 sec (t-6th fastest out of 33 rushingbacks); 1st attempt - 4.50 (unofficial); 2nd attempt - 4.50 (unofficial)
Bench Press: 23 reps (10th out of 31 runningbacks. However, two players in front of him are technically fullbacks.)
Vertical Jump: 33.5" (t-15th out of 32 runningbacks)
Broad Jump: 120" (10th out of 32 runningbacks)
3-Cone Drill: 7.07 sec (14th out of 23 runningbacks)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.35 sec (14th out 24 runningbacks)
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.85 sec (10th out of 16 runningbacks)

*Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com

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