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Harvin Could be a Playmaker – If He Stays Out of Trouble

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Percy Harvin – No surprise as it is well known that Brad Childress had a huge man-crush on the biggest boom or bust prospect in this years draft. Is there baggage ? Oh yeah ! Could we be looking back at this choice 3 years from now and say “ What were the Vikings thinking ? “ …… Definitely ! Alleged and not so alleged drug use , huge potential ego issues and questions about physical durability abound.

But it is difficult to dispute his college production at the University of Florida or his play making abilities on the field. In Harvin, the Vikings have secured a top ten talent, and the most explosive player in this years draft.

This is an intriguing selection and that welcome comparison to two previous first round Viking selections. Both picks couldn’t be more polar in their careers, however, there are interesting points that can be drawn.
Troy Williamson was a productive receiver in college who saw his draft day stock rise due to pre-draft combine times which showed him to have extraordinary speed and agility. He came in without extracurricular red flags, and in fact, was for the most part a model citizen while with the Vikings.

What was not revealed, was his almost uncanny lack of eye/hand coordination, which led to his status as an all-time Viking Bust. Randy Moss was a hot shot phenom from Marshall who was thought to be the next great receiver of his time. He was a certain top 3 choice had it not been for question marks about his character. His career has certainly had it’s ups and downs in terms of off the field issues.

When those issues caused him to slip to the Vikings all the way to # 21 the team had found the weapon they desperately needed to lift the team into the upper offensive echelon. His immediate impact on the Vikings as arguably the best receiver in the game was the driving force behind the record breaking team of 1998. His speed and explosive skills drove defensive coordinators crazy trying to account for his presence while Robert Smith ran wildly through under loaded defensive lines while constant double team took their toll.

Moss was the Yin to Chris Carters Yang. So here we have Percy Harvin. With all the potential in the world to be the next Randy Moss or Troy Williamson. In 3 years, we should have a pretty good idea which. This was a risky selection which could very well decide the fate of the Childress regime. Players like this don’t come around often. That is why they are referred to as Coach makers………or coach killers.


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