2013 NFL Draft Coverage: D.J. Harper

2013 NFL Draft Coverage: D.J. Harper

2013 NFL Draft Coverage: D.J. Harper

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:16 AM

D.J. Harper
Runningback

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UPDATE: Harper signed an undrafted free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

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UPDATE: Entering the third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday, it seemed like a long shot for Harper to get drafted. In what was considering a down year for top-end talent at runningback, the board was loaded with guys that were deemed mid-to-late round picks.

Over the course of the first 97 picks, only six running backs were selected, leaving a plethora of talent for the final 157 selections. In comparison to Harper, that talent was either younger, went to a bigger school, or avoided injuries throughout his career the way Harper wasn't able to.

Twenty-three total running backs were draft this year, including 17 on Saturday.

Of the 38 running backs that participated at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February, 14 went undrafted. Harper is included in the latter group.

At the moment, Harper has been thrown into the free-agent pool hoping to make a splash. It is unclear when he will land with a team, but usually these things get sorted out a day or two after the draft.

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Draft Profile
NFL.com Grade: 58.8
Pick Projection: 4th-7th round

According to his grade by NFL.com, Harper is considered:

A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.

NFL Combine
Measurables
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Arm Length: 31"
Hands: 10 1/4"

Drills
40-time: 4.52
Bench Press: 23 reps
Vertical: 33.5"
Broad Jump: 120"
3-Cone Drill: 7.07 sec
20-yd Shuttle: 4.35 sec
60-yd Shuttle: 11.85

Boise State Stats

YEAR GP ATT YDS AVG TD REC-YDS
FR-2007 9 87 376 4.4 6 3-13
SO-2008 13 55 265 4.8 4 4-37
SO-2009& 3 44 284 6.5 3 1-7
SO-2010# 3 18 160 8.9 2 4-36
JR-2011 12 115 557 4.8 9 19-140
SR-2012 13 228 1,137 5.0 15 23-163
TOTAL 53 547 2,779 5.1 39 54-266

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