At 6'1, 234 pounds, Seahawks fourth round draft pick Chris Harper brings something new to the Seattle offense, a physical presence.
Sidney Rice has the height but not the fight, and newly acquired Percy Harvin is a slashing, quick twitch type of receiver.
The team needs a receiver that can mix it up against press corners, and catch passes over the middle.
Almost in the mold of an Anquan Bolden, he's a natural pass catcher that can add yards after the catch by breaking tackles.
He's only been playing the position for three years, previously he played at running back and before that, quarterback.
The team hopes Harper can come in and give Harvin the flexibility to move around to keep defenses off balance.
According to Tony Drovetto of Seahawks.com, Harper's may be relatively new to the position, but has the tools to take his production at Kansas State to the NFL level.
"I’ve always been natural at catching the ball," Harper said shortly after learning the Seahawks made him the No. 123 overall selection in this year's draft. "Just learning how to run routes and things like that have become more natural over time. I have only been playing receiver for almost three years, so I’m still new, but it feels way more natural now than when I first moved."
Harper's measurables, a willingness to initiate contact, a strong lower body that can handle a cornerback's press off the line of scrimmage and an ability to see defenses as a quarterback sees them translates into a player who can blossom into a productive playmaker given the right situation.With the Wildcats, Harper grabbed 123 balls for 1,734 yards and 12 touchdowns in 32 starts - 20 at split end and 12 at flanker.