NFL Draft 2013: Late-Round WRs Who Will Make a Difference Next Season

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Tavarres King #12 of the Georgia Bulldogs makes a catch for a touchdown against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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As we've seen with players like Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall and Marques Colston, there's plenty of talent at the wide receiver position in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

Cruz is the ultimate proof, as he went from undrafted nobody to arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL.

The wide receiver pool is fairly shallow this season, but there is a handful of WRs who can be drafted in the later rounds and can contribute to an NFL offense.

Don't believe me?

Take a look at the following prospects.


Chris Harper, Kansas State

Projected round: 5

Harper was Collin Klein's most reliable target in 2012, hauling in a team-high 58 receptions and 857 yards for three scores.

Although the 6'1" wideout had just one game with more than 100 yards, he did have five games with at least five receptions, highlighted by an 11-catch day against Baylor on Nov. 17.

Harper has great speed—he runs a 4.4 40-yard dash (according to CBS Sports)—and has proven he can be a focal point in a high-powered offense.

Whether teams see him as more of a screen and slot guy or a deep threat, Harper has all the tools to be a solid NFL wideout.


Mark Harrison, Rutgers

Projected round: 7

As the Scarlet Knights' second-leading receiver, Mark Harrison scored six touchdowns for the Rutgers offense in 2012 to go with 583 yards and 44 receptions.

Along with decent speed (4.5 40-yard dash, according to CBS Sports), it's Harrison's size that will land him a job in the NFL, as his 6'3", 230-pound frame is punishing to opposing defenders.

Given his height, Harrison makes for an ideal red-zone option for NFL offenses. 

He put up similar numbers during his sophomore season in 2010, proving that he wasn't a one-hit wonder.

If there's an NFL team out there looking to snag a solid WR in the last round of the draft, Harrison is a prime candidate. 


Tavarres King, Georgia

Projected round: 5

King was the leading receiver on a Bulldogs team that ranked 30th in the nation in terms of passing yards.

The 6'1" senior wideout compiled 950 yards and nine touchdowns on just 42 receptions, sporting four 100-yard receiving days this season.

King shined brightest in a crucial game against Alabama down the stretch on Dec. 1, going for 142 yards on five receptions.

He made the most of three receptions in the Capital One Bowl, amassing 104 yards and a touchdown in a 45-31 victory.

It's not always about being the highest draft pick or having the most stock heading into draft day.

It's about producing on the field, and these three guys can certainly do that for any NFL team willing to take a shot on them.


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