Alcorn State's Felix Harper
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In preparation for the NFL Draft, Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper participated in a private workout with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

There is a connection between Harper and Watson, both being from Georgia. Meanwhile, Taylor played six games for the Texans last season in a year that Watson sat out after requesting a trade from the team amid becoming displeased with the direction of the franchise.

Watson’s trade market escalated immediately following a Houston grand jury’s decision last month not to file criminal charges against the quarterback related to allegations of sexual misconduct. He was traded to Cleveland for five future draft picks and signed a 5-year, $230 million deal.

Harper had a storied career in the purple and gold throwing for 4,756 passing yards and 47 touchdowns in his final two seasons, adding 347 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

His breakout season came in 2019 when he was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, leading the Braves to its second consecutive SWAC championship.

While this does not guarantee Harper will be selected in the NFL Draft, it could open the door for Cleveland or any other team to sign him as an undrafted free agent.

Either way, it is a great look to see HBCU prospects getting to work out with and learn from current NFL players as it helps better prepare them for a career at the pro level.


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