NFL Draft Preview – Percy Harvin

by Ryan Lester

Percy is perhaps the most versatile player available in the draft.  He caught 133 passes for 1929 yards and 13 TDs.  He ran for 1851 yards and 19 TDs on 194 carries.  I’m just a little skeptical that it can translate at the next level.  Sure, he’ll have his moments and be electric when he’s healthy, but I see him missing a couple games each year.  He has a knack for the big stage.  Check out his bowl game performances:

- 2006 BCS Championship vs. Ohio State:  9 catches, 60 yards, 5 rushes, 22 yards, TD
- 2007 Capital One vs. Michigan:  9 catches, 77 yards, TD, 13 carries, 165 yards, TD
- 2008 BCS Championship vs. Oklahoma:  5 catches, 49 yards, 9 carries, 121 yards, TDHe is a smaller WR at 5?11?, 195 Lbs, but he makes up for it with his speed (4.39 forty), quickness, and elusiveness.  His ability has never been the question though.  Besided durability concerns, Harvin comes with some baggage.  Accoring to ProFootball Talk.com he failed a drug test.  There have also been character concerns.  Teams don’t want to deal with Wide Re-Divas and their “me first” mentality.  Not to mention the track record of Gator Receivers.  Ultimately his talent will be too much to resist, but his stock has definitely been dropping.
Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #29 to the New York Giants

WalterFootball.com:  #39 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Draft King:  #25 to the Miami Dolphins

Consensus Draft Services:  #25 to the Miami Dolphins

The Football Expert:  #22 to the Minnesota Vikings

War Room Report:  #22 to the Minnesota Vikings

NFL Draft Scout:  #4 ranked WR

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Chris “Beanie” Wells
Knowshon Moreno
LeSean McCoy
Donald Brown
Shonn Greene
Michael Crabtree
Jeremy Maclin

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