The Vikings have selected Percy Harvin with the twenty second pick in the 2009 draft. My initial reaction is that they missed big time on this one. He’s a risk worth taking, but not with a guy like Michael Oher still on the board. Hopefully Harvin will be be the playmaker everyone projects him as, stays out of trouble, and stays healthy.
Here’s his lowdown from Draft Countdown:
Outstanding athleticism…Good size and bulk…Real cut with a strong, muscular build…Excellent speed and quickness…Great acceleration with a burst…Has soft, reliable hands…Good ball skills and body control…Extremely elusive and is a terror in space…Nice balance and agility…Terrific vision and instincts…Can get vertical and separate…Is not afraid to work the middle…Has the ability to break tackles…Tough and competitive…Hard worker…Offers a lot of versatility…Big upside.
Durability is a major concern…Very raw as a route runner…’Tweener who might not have a true position…Is not overly physical…Just an average blocker…Did not play in a pro style offense…Never returned a single punt or kick in college…Has character and off-the-field issues.
Was rated as the #1 overall recruit in the entire country coming out of high school by Rivals…The only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field championships…Was suspended twice as a prep, once as a junior for unsportsmanlike conduct then again as a senior for making contact with a referee and inappropriate language…The Virginia High School League eventually barred him from participating in any high school sporting events…Saw action in 13 games in 2006, with 5 starts, and was named MVP of the SEC Championship game…Chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned numerous Freshman All-American honors…Was named 1st Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2008…A 2nd Team All-American as a junior…Scored a touchdown in each of the last 15 games he played in…Reportedly displays some diva-like behaviors and doesn’t always get along with his coaches and teammates…Has missed a ton of time with injuries (ankle, heel, etc.)…Takes a long time to heal and never seems to be 100%…Was basically used as a hybrid WR / RB in Urban Meyer’s spread offense and in many ways his skill set is similar to that of Reggie Bush…Dynamic playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, whether it be as a receiver, runner or return man…Arguably one of the ten most talented players in this draft but his inability to remain healthy is worrisome … Boom or Bust potential.