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Chandler Harnish

Chandler Harnish - #12 - QB

Height: 6-1 5/8
Weight: 219
Speed: 4.74
Arm: 32 3/8
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 76 3/8
Birthdate: 07/28/1988
Hometown: Bluffton, IN
Grade: 5.25


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/10/2012 Northern Illinois Pro Day 6-1 3/4 219 9 1/4 33 5/8 76
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 5/8 219 9 1/4 32 3/8 76 3/8 4.71 9'4" 32 1/2 4.22 6.80
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 6-1 1/2 219 9 1/4 32 1/4 76 1/2
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-1 1/2 219 8 3/4 32 5/8 75 1/2 4.80



Quarterback-safety who also played basketball and threw the discus as an Indiana prep. Redshirted in 2007. Started 9-of-10 games in which he played in ’08 and completed 118-of-211 pass attempts (55.9 percent) for 1,528 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Rushed 118 times for 539 yards (4.6) with four touchdowns. Sprained his right foot against Western Michigan, missed three games and did not start against Miami (Ohio). Started 9-of-10 games in which he played in ’09, passing 143-222-1,670-11-6 (64.1) and rushing 89-229-2 (2.6) despite tearing the meniscus in his right knee against Toledo and missing three games. Healthy in ’10, started the final 13 games and produced 189-292-2,530-21-5 (64.7) passing and 137-836-7 (6.1) rushing. Served as the holder for extra points and field goals in the season opener against Iowa State while continuing his rehab from the knee injury. Named MAC Offensive Player of the Year in ’11 after leading team in rushing with 194-1,379-11 (7.1) and passing 237-384-3,216-28-6 (61.7) in 14 starts. Was the top rushing quarterback in the country as senior and ended his career with 23 career and single-season passing and total offense records for NIU. Graduated and working on his MBA. Had a 28-17 record in 45 career starts.


Outstanding intangibles — tough, smart, confident and competitive. Is athletic with very good feet — can roll out, extend plays and move the chains as a runner (see Western Michigan game). Displays clean arm action and enough arm strength. Four-year starter who earned and protected his job, adapted to multiple coaching changes and steadily progressed. Consistently moves the sticks on third down. Clutch producer  led double-digit comeback victories against Ball State and Ohio.


Lacks ideal height and has small hands. Will have to adjust to operating from under center. Did not make many pro-style throws in a shotgun-based, controlled passing game with many designed runs and moving pockets. Ball placement is inconsistent and passes tend to come out with a loose wobble. Durability could be an issue given all-out playing style; missed time with multiple injuries.


Is a better prospect than Chicago Bears 2010 sixth-rounder Dan LeFevour and has upside to be groomed as a smart, athletic, quick-armed backup in a short, rhythm-timing offense. Commanding, take-charge, on-field leadership presence and resourcefulness outside the pocket are best traits. 

Chandler Harnish's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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