I've heard the comparisons to Boldin and that is no insult but I don't see a Boldin type of receiver fitting into our line up. He has great hands and great body control but he is not a guy who gets separation and creates opportunities. His success has come from savy QB's and opponents taking away the other options around him. He is the guy you throw to when everyone is covered because he gives you the best chance of completion very much like when Hass was throwing to BMW.
On a side note I don't think he really fits in with the Niners either as Crabtree is excellent at getting separation and creating opportunities and unless defenses figure out how to shut him down Kaepernick will continue going straight to him.
I have been getting the feeling the reason the FO likes Harper is more due to attitude. Think Hines Ward. We have enforcers all over the field with Kamtrack, Browner, Giacamini, Lynch and now Sweezey but we don't have anyone of the receivers that have taken on that role. I think Harper may just be that guy. It's one thing to block downfied and another to take the heads off of CB's and safety's just because you can.
Remember how Browner went into blocking mode and leveled a CB (can't remember who) and caused the defender to attack him. Similar to how you have seen Ward take out defenders. I think that is what they have in mind with Harper. The enforcer of the receiving core.
This really struck home when I heard an interview with him this morning and he made a coupe comments about being nasty on the field and playing with anger. I think this guy might end up becoming a big fan favorite and will set the tone not only for the other receivers but for the defenses we will be playing.
Consider Tates hit on Sean Lee last year. It wasn't dirty by any means but it was definitely brutal and set a tone. That hit IMO was the product of preaching from the coach's to create a nasty environment but one hit a season isn't enough. We need an enforcer type personality that sets the tone every time he steps on the field, in practice and the locker room. I am excited to see how this plays out. Could be awesome.