When we first drafted Dwayne Harris out of East Carolina, people talked about how this was a guy who was going to work out of the slot and make plays. When I saw his measurables, I immediately thought of Wes Welker, a guy who was highly productive and versatile coming out of Texas Tech as well. After doing a little rudimentary research, these guys are eerily similar. In what ways are Dwayne Harris and Wes Welker similar? More after the jump.
For starters, their measurables are extremely similar out of college.
Dwayne Harris (taken from nfldraftscout.com): 5'10'', 203 lbs;
34'' vertical leap, 40 time: 4.51-4.56; broad jump: 9 ft 3 in; 20 yrd shuttle: 4.21; 3 cone: 6.77
Wes Welker (Texas Tech Pro Day; taken from wikipedia): 5'9'', 185 lbs
30'' vertical; 4.65 40; 4.01 20 yrd shuttle; 3 cone 7.09; broad jump: 9 ft 5 in
At first glance, it shows that Dwayne Harris was more athletic than Welker coming out of college, but another similarity is the fact that they have very similar college productivity, even season catch totals are similar. To sum it up shortly, Dwayne Harris tallied 268 catches for 3,002 yards and 20 touchdowns, while Welker tallied 259 catches for 3,019 yards and 21 touchdowns (Dwayne Harris also scored 6 TDs on the ground, while Welker scored 2). While time may tell whether or not Dwayne Harris gives us the same productivity that Wes Welker has brought to both Miami and New England in his career, his college statistics suggest that if given the same opportunities Welker has, he has the potential to produce in the same ways.