Name: Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
Overview: With the Patriots’ wide receiver position currently being reshuffled, the team finds itself in need of a talented young player who can blaze up the sideline and pull down catches over pesky cornerbacks. Mark Harrison has the intangibles. At 6-3 and 231 pounds, he fits the mold of the Patriots’ X receiver, which works the boundaries of the field, much like Brandon Lloyd did. But the idea is to be better, and Harrison has the potential to be much better in terms of stretching the field. His 40-yard dash (4.46 at the NFL Combine, but clocked as fast as 4.37) is promising but his competitiveness is questionable. Despite bursting onto the scene in 2010 with 44 catches for 829 yards and nine touchdowns, he followed up with a dud of a season in 2011 (14 receptions, 274 yards, 2 TDs) under former coach Greg Schiano. He revived a bit of his promise in 2012, catching six more touchdowns on 44 passes, but there’s much ado about his hands, stiffness, and quickness off the line. He’s projected to be selected in the seventh round or fall off the board. But with his attributes, he’s certainly a player worth keeping an eye on, maybe even as a rookie free agent.
40-yard dash: 4.37
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 10’9″
3-cone drill: 6.99