Cullen Harper Scouting Report

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Cullen Harper Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: ACC
School: Clemson Tigers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #10
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 225 lbs.

2009 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash5.01
Bench press19

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Cullen Harper, QB, Clemson

In his first year as a starter in 2007, Cullen Harper had an amazing season. The 6-4, 225 pound quarterback completed 65.1 percent of his passes and threw 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Prior to that, Harper only threw 21 passes in his previous two seasons with Clemson. NFL teams will want to see if his great 2007 season can continue into 2008, but through three games the results are mixed. Harper looks like an NFL quarterback. He has good size, an accurate and strong arm and plenty of athleticism. His quick release is also a big plus in a class of quarterbacks where many have poor throwing habits. Harper's downside is his decision making. He will not often make the bad throw, but he does tend to hang onto the ball too long which results in quite a few sacks and a lot of throwing the ball away. Of course throwing the ball away is not a bad thing at all, but it would be beneficial if he did it a little quicker. With a good 2008 season, Harper could be the best senior quarterback in the draft. There are quite a few possible early entrants (like Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez) who could take some of the spotlight off of Harper, but he should at least be a second round selection barring a horrible senior season. 10/6 Update: That horrible season is under way. Through five games in 2008, Harper has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. His completion percentage is still solid, but Harper can take the majority of the blame for the struggling Clemson offense. Two of the team's three wins came against The Citadel and South Carolina State and Harper has to step it up now that the competition is getting tougher. Harper still has the look of a quality NFL quarterback, but seniors who throw more interceptions than touchdowns tend not to get drafted on the first day of the draft. 12/25 Update: Harper was one of the top senior quarterback prospects heading into the season, but that went away very quickly and the hype never came back. During his senior season, Harper completed just 63.2 percent of his passes and averaged under 200 passing yards per game. The low yardage total may not be a big surprise due to the quality running backs at Clemson, but the 11 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions is a shocker. Harper will need some great showings during senior week and at the combine in order to crawl his way back onto the radar.

Last Updated Dec-25-2008 by Joel Welser

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