2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

by Cory J. Bonini on April 18, 2011 @ 12:20:30 PDT

 


Clemson junior Jamie Harper brings a physical style of play to the 2011 NFL Draft's running back class.

Harper rushed for 760 yards on 197 carries and scored seven times on the ground in 2010 while splitting time with Andre Ellington. A quality receiver, Harper chipped in 37 receptions for 320 yards and three aerial touchdowns last year.

Strengths

  • Size (5-foot-11 3/8, 233 pounds)
  • Strong lower body (36 1/2-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-3 broad jump)
  • Patient runner with vision for zone blocking
  • Short-range burst and acceleration (1.58-second 10-yard split)
  • Jamie Harper, draft prospect
    Relatively untested
    Natural hands as a receiver
  • Quality blocker
  • Good body control
  • Keeps his legs churning after contact
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • Lacks breakaway speed (official 4.53-second 40-yard dash; 4.46 seconds at his Pro Day)
  • Runs too upright - doesn't get enough leverage to be a true power back
  • Never carried the load in college - unproven as a feature back
  • Could be asked to play fullback, a position he doesn't seem fond of

Expected draft placement

Harper is likely a fourth-round pick in the draft. He could find some love in the third round, but questions about what position he will play and whether he can hold up to a full-time pounding at tailback exist.

The St. Louis Rams have recently expressed interest in Harper. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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