Vikings take closer look at Harvin
Wide receiver remains a priority for the Vikings in the upcoming draft, and Rick Spielman’s presence at Florida’s Pro Day workout on Wednesday to see Percy Harvin should come as no surprise.
According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Harvin checked in at 5-foot-11 ¾, 193 pounds, while posting a 37 ½-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1-inch broad jump and did 20 reps at 225 pounds. “He looked exceptional in position drills and caught the ball well,” Brandt added. “He also showed great explosion.” Harvin ran under 4.4 over 40 yards at the Combine. His 10-yard time was 1.47 and his 20-yard split was 2.51, all exceptional times.
The Vikings would really like to add a slot receiver who can get better separation from defenders, and Harvin clearly adds that.
“A lot of (coaches) kind of compare me to [Wes] Welker in the slot against linebackers,” Harvin told Jeremy Fowler of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . “Also probably coming out of the backfield running a lot of screens and more on the outside.”
Harvin also mentioned the Vikings among a list of teams that have scheduled individual workouts with him.
“The main question was they wanted to see me come out of my breaks and actually run routes,” said Harvin, who has recovered from a hairline fracture in his ankle. “Once they seen me today, I think I cleared up a lot of questions. A lot of coaches told me they were very pleased.”
Harvin would really press Bobby Wade for playing time in the slot and could become a genuine playmaker inside for the Vikings. In fact, Harvin shows up as the Vikings' pick on several of the mock drafts you see this time of year. He is expected to go right in that No. 22 range, where the Vikings are currently slated to pick, so it’s very logical that they will fully do their homework on him.
Besides Harvin, the Gators also have four other draftable prospects who were at their Pro Day: TE Cornelius Ingram (6-4, 245, 4.68), WR Louis Murphy (6-2 ½, 213, 4.45) and OT Jason Watkins (6-5 ½, 318, 5.52).
Ingram is a talented tight end who is expected to go in the early rounds, but the Vikings are likely to pass on him because they’re pretty well set at that position right now with Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser and Garrett Mills in the mix.
Murphy is another early- to mid-round prospect with great measurables and long-range potential. He could be a consideration for the Vikings if they miss out on one of the top-tier guys in the first couple rounds.
Watkins might be a late-round consideration if they are unable to land a right tackle earlier in the process.
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