Harvin Gets Last Minute Visit

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Percy Harvin has been described as a dynamic playmaker with a nose for the end zone.  He’s also been described as the riskiest selection for a team to make during Saturday’s draft.  According to multiiple reports, Brad Childress decided to check in with Harvin one last time before the draft.

According to the reports, Childress spent Wednesday at the University of Florida checking up on a few last minute things.  It is probably safe to assume that Childress is enamored by Harvin’s ability and versatility, but is also concerned with his history of off-the-field issues and his history of injury.

A positive marijuana test that he knew was coming at the combine, off the field incidents, coachability questions, a reported 12 on the Wonderlic test, hanging out with a “bad crowd”, and a lack of respect for authority it is understandable why Childress would balk at selecting this guy.  However, his talent and extreme upside is obviously enough to at least get the Vikings to give Harvin their due dillegence before Saturday.  Besides, I recall a young man with similar issues a little over a decade ago that fell down the draft board right into the Vikings laps… and he’s become one of the greatest recievers in NFL history.

There are other scenarios where this visit could prove useful to the Vikings.  Perhaps it is a smoke screen to make teams think they’re really leaning towards Harvin.  Maybe they are seriously considering trading backwards in round one and are thinking Harvin would be worth the risk at a lower selection.  Perhaps the Vikings are considering moving up the board in round two, combining a couple of picks, and snaging Harvin in addition to their first round choice. 

Maybe Harvin reminds Childress a little of DeSean Jackson, who the Vikings passed on in last years draft.  The Eagles picked him up in the second round, and after a 34 yard catch in the playoff game last year, Jackson seemingly confronted and mocked Childress on the sideline.  The Vikings traded up in the second round and selected safety Tyrell Johnson and six picks later the Eagles picked Jackson.  It was Johnson that Jackson burned on that play, and one can assume that detail might have been included by DeSean in the conversation.  All video and photo evidence of the event appears to have been removed from the internet, but something tells me that Childress has not forgotten.

Who knows what is really going on, but one thing is for sure, Vikings fans are waiting anxiously to see how this whole thing plays out.

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