Originally posted by NCommand:
No experience blocking? Seems like we should have dropped Celek and kept Gray (& Cam). Not b/c Harper "may" not work out but b/c he's so far behind Gray.
It's the other way around. Harper has a tremendous amount of blocking experience, yes he needs to develop as an inline blocker but the Kansas offense was run heavy and Harper was called on to block frequently as a WR. The issue with Gray is that he struggled as a blocker, yes he had some receiving prowess but on this roster, that will only get you so far. Celek is far better blocker and that is what you want at the #3 TE spot, there is no way the 49ers were going to be able to run their same offense if McDonald or VD went down and they had to sub in Gray.
I'm also really amazed at the overrating of Gray, nice potential, raw, LONNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG way to go. I had Gray winding up undrafted and Harper winding up getting picked in the 3rd round of the draft, this was equal through I imagine virtually every single draft prognostication out there. Harper has the goods, he's more polished and game ready than Gray was, but he'll be able to have time to develop further too.
In terms of a matchup threat, Harper gives you a guy with better quickness, better speed, better route-running, more experience as a receiver.....etc...etc.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Sep 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM ]