Tight end Clay Harbor is the only one of the 13 draft picks not to have played his college ball at a Division I school. However, the fourth-round pick out of Missouri State has held his own during the initial rookie and selected veteran workouts. Harbor praised the coaching staff for his ability to make what has so far been a seamless transition to the NFL.
"This is definitely a different ballgame. More intense. The coaches have done a great job of preparing us mentally and physically," Harbor said. "It's a positive for the coaches that we can get out there and do that, rookies like myself and the rest of us can get out there without missing a beat."
It's not just the coaches who have helped out. Quarterback Kevin Kolb knows that he and Harbor didn't have a lot of time to connect during the OTAs in the spring and early summer with Brent Celek entrenched as the top tight end. Harbor explained how Kolb told him before the start of training camp that the two would work together on establishing a rapport.
"He talked to me before camp and told me that we're going to get some work in together and that he would try to look for me over the middle," said Harbor, who has made some nice catches over the middle in traffic thus far. "It went well. He threw me some great balls and found me in the open zone."
A three-time All-America selection, Harbor set the Missouri State record with 150 career catches to go along with 1,906 yards and 10 touchdowns. Harbor is battling Celek, Cornelius Ingram and Martin Rucker for a spot on the team.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:30 p.m., July 28