2015 NFL Draft Prospect Josh Harper


Aug 29, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Josh Harper (3) tries to elude Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Ian Thomas (23) after making a catch in the fourth quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Scarlet Knights 52-51 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fresno State receiver Josh Harper is another one of those 2015 NFL Draft prospects that’s underrated these days. On top of being from a Mountain West school, his numbers are down from last year because he lost quarterback Derek Carr to the Raiders. This year, he has 76 catches for 933 yards, seven touchdowns and a 12.3 yards per catch average and not as many big plays.

Last year, he was one of Carr’s big-play guys as he had 79 catches for 1,o11 yards, 13 touchdowns and a 12.8 average. Watching Harper this year, he was the same guy that flashed his blazing speed that he had been clocked at 4.3. He can still cut on a dime to separate from a defenders to get open to use his reliable hands to make a play for his quarterback too.

The difference was he 1st-time starter Brian Burrell throwing him the football instead of Carr, who developed that chemistry with him. Harper is just as good in his own way as Davante Adams, who got picked in the second round this year and he’s rocking the house with Aaron Rogers in Green Bay. I think Harper is just as good as the guys going in the first round this year but I already know what it is for Fresno State.

Just remember that a franchise quarterback and a receiver the a nice target for a franchise quarterback came from his team from last year.

He knows how to do it.

So if I’m the Raiders, I take him in the second round.