Harvin to the Vikings

Percy Harvin was one of the most discussed prospects leading up to Saturday's NFL Draft. In the end, his speed and playmaking ability was enough to convince Minnesota he was still worth being their first rounder despite the questions that had been raised about him. The Vikings selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the draft.

Minneapolis newspaper reports earlier in the week had indicated Minnesota coach Brad Childress was not willing to select Harvin, but he came and met with him in Florida on Wednesday one on one and was apparently satisfied that Harvin would not be a problem player. Childress also spent time with Harvin's family to try and determine more about his character.

"We did very good at trying to find what this kid is made of," said Minnesota's vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman in an interview with KFAN radio in Minneapolis. "We're very excited to have Percy as part of our organization."

The Vikings are excited about the potential Harvin adds to an offense which already features a premier player at tailback in Adrian Peterson and quality wide receivers in Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice.

"When you look at him on tape, there's no question he's a top ten talent." said Spielman. "This was too good a pick to pass up."

There have been complaints about Minnesota running a conservative offense under Childress, but Spielman made clear that they expect Harvin's arrival to change that.

"You see the explosiveness when he runs routes and how well he catches the ball. He's not far away from being a dominant slot receiver."

"It's going to be very exciting Viking football, especially indoors on the turf," added Spielman.

Harvin became the fourth receiver taken in the draft, and may have benefited from Oakland's surprising selection of Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh pick. That led to three wide receivers being off the board in the first nineteen picks when only two had been anticipated to go that early. Harvin was clearly the fastest option at the position available for the Vikings to select.

Felix Jones was the 22nd pick of the 2008 draft by Dallas. He received a five year, 10.5 million dollar contract with eight million of that guaranteed. Harvin can likely expect to get a similar contract.


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