Devin Harper

American football player (born 1998)

American football player
Devin Harper
No. 56 – Cincinnati Bengals
Personal information
Born: (1998-05-13) May 13, 1998 (age 26)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Karns
(Karns, Tennessee)
College:Oklahoma State (2017–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (2022–2023)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2023–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:5
Player stats at PFR

Devin Harper (born May 13, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State.

Early years

Harper attended Karns High School. He was a two-way player at running back and linebacker. As a junior in 2015, he was a part of a winless team.

As a senior in 2016, he contributed to a 3-7 record, while collecting 1,403 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns, 40 tackles (5.5 for loss), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and averaging 213 all-purpose yards per game.[1] He rushed for 345 yards in a single-game against South-Doyle High School. He received All-District and All-Knoxville Interscholastic League honors.[2]

He also practiced basketball and track. As a senior, he led the basketball team to the sectional round of the District 3-A Playoffs, while receiving District 3-AAA Player of the Year and All-Region honors.[3]

College career

Harper accepted a football scholarship from Oklahoma State University, with the intention of playing linebacker. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, he played mostly playing on special teams, tallying 5 tackles and one blocked punt.

As a sophomore in 2018, he appeared in all 13 games with one start, recording 44 total tackles (5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown. He had 9 tackles against the University of Kansas.

Harper played through a painful junior year in 2019, wearing a cast during a part of the season.[4] He appeared in 10 games with one start. He amassed 34 total tackles (5 for loss) and 3 sacks. He had 6 tackles against the University of Kansas.

As a senior in 2020, he appeared in all 11 played with one start. Two games were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He posted 37 tackles (sixth on the team), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, one interception and one pass defensed.[5] Harper was also an All-Big 12 academic honoree.[6] He had 5 tackles against West Virginia University.

As a super senior in 2021, he enjoyed his best season, becoming a full-time starter along with being voted a team captain. He started 13 out of 14 games, finishing the season with 96 tackles (second on the team), 10 tackles for loss, 6 sacks (third on the team), 15 quarterback hurries (second in school history), 2 passes defensed, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.[7] In the 2021 Bedlam matchup against Oklahoma, he was a key part in defending their offense, tying a career-high 10 tackles (7 solo), and with less than 2 minutes left in the game, he forced a throwaway pass, a 5-yard loss sack, tackled quarterback Caleb Williams short of the first down marker on three consecutive plays, while helping the Cowboys close a 37-33 win.[8] He had 10 tackles in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl, contributing to one off the biggest rallies in school history for a 37-35 win against the University of Notre Dame.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
31+78 in
(0.81 m)
8+78 in
(0.23 m)
4.50 s 1.57 s 2.56 s 4.03 s 6.84 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
21 reps
All values from Pro Day[10]

Dallas Cowboys

Harper was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round, 193rd overall, of the 2022 NFL Draft.[11] He was placed on injured reserve with Achilles tendinitis on October 29, 2022.[12] He appeared in 3 games, playing mostly on special teams.

In the 2023 NFL season, due to DeMarvion Overshown's season-ending injury, Harper was made first-string strongside linebacker on the Cowboys' depth chart.[13][14] He was waived by the team on September 28.

Cincinnati Bengals

On September 29, 2023, Harper was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals.[15] Harper plays for the team solely in a special teams role on return coverage.

Personal life

Harper was born to his parents Kevin and Alacia. He is the older brother of Notre Dame Safety, Thomas Harper.


  1. ^ "Karns' Devin Harper 'thankful' to play at Oklahoma State". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "Football: 2015 All-PrepXtra, All-KIL defensive teams". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  3. ^ "'That night' Devin Harper showed why he is on next level - the Knoxville Focus". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  4. ^ "OSU football: Devin Harper, Amen Ogbongbemiga become Cast Brothers". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  5. ^ "Devin Harper College Stats". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  6. ^ "Big 12 Conference" (PDF). Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  7. ^ "Karns grad Devin Harper selected No. 193 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  8. ^ "How Devin Harper, OSU defense shut out OU in second half bedlam football". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  9. ^ Wright, Scott (January 1, 2022). "'Back to the basics': OSU defense rediscovers aggressive style in second-half Fiesta Bowl rally". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Devin Harper, Oklahoma State NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  11. ^ "Cowboys Add LB Depth In 6th Round With Harper". April 30, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  12. ^ "Cowboys add Malik Davis, Qadree Ollison to roster with Ezekiel Elliott doubtful to play". October 29, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  13. ^ "Cowboys' Devin Harper: Could see more snaps". August 21, 2023. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  14. ^ "Youmans: 4 Players Who Made The Team Saturday". Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  15. ^ "Bengals Roster Moves: LB Acquired, WR Placed On Reserve/Injured". September 29, 2023.

External links

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  • Oklahoma State Cowboys bio
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