You judge: Visiting wide receivers

The Vikings are having a number of wide receivers in for a visit to Winter Park this week. What are the differences between them? You be the judge with the aid of this Fox Sports video.

The Vikings will be getting to know several wide receiver prospects much better this week, and their interest in upgrading the position is obvious after their attempt to land T.J. Houshmandzadeh in free agency.

So, what does each prospect look like on film? We at least have the video highlights from Fox Sports, along with analysis from Scout.com NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber, to help you judge for yourself.




Percy Harvin, Florida




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Dual threat both running and receiving in college … Averaged 9.4 yards on his 70 carries and 16.1 yards on his 40 receptions as a junior, scoring 17 TDs … Strong build despite his small stature … Has been injury-prone.

Steuber says: Harvin is a dynamic game-breaker who has tremendous versatility on offense and special teams. He has a quick first step and gets separation from the opposition instantly. He runs solid routes, comes back to the ball and flashes excellent hands. He gets vertical, tracks down deep passes and positions himself against defenders to come away with the ball. He comes from a program that hasn't produced an elite WR in recent memory. Durability is a concern. Projection: 1st Round.




Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina




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A highlight reel of incredible catches … Brought in 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 12 TDs in 2008, including three scores in the bowl game … Sticky hands and physical after the catch … Lacks elite speed but plays the ball well in flight.

Steuber says: Nicks is a consistent pass catcher who has reliable hands. He lacks elite speed, but is quick and makes plays downfield. He gets a fluid release off the line, is physical through routes and has the ability to make a difficult reception. He offers the quarterback a nice target and comes back to the ball consistently. He's a tough runner after the catch and doesn't go down easily. He's a complete receiver. Projection: 1st Round.




Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland



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The fastest player to run at the combine … Had 42 receptions for 609 yards and 5 TDs last year … Better production as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 49 catches for 740 yards and 4 TDs … Dangerous on deep ball but isn't considered very polished.

Steuber says: Heyward-Bey is an explosive playmaker who can change the momentum of a game on any play. He gets a quick release off the line and uses his game-breaking speed to get down field. He's doesn't shy away from going over the middle and makes tough receptions in traffic. He has to improve his route running and must develop more as a receiver. He has good hands, but tends to drop easy passes. He's a very gifted player, but his production didn't match his talent. Projection: 1st – 2nd Round.




Kenny Britt, Rutgers



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Ideal size and physical with the ball in his hands … All-time Big East leader with 3,043 career receiving yards … Needs more strength and has dropped some passes.

Steuber says: Britt is a physically gifted receiver with tremendous upside. He has great size, good strength and is a dynamic playmaker down field. He's versatile, can play inside or outside, runs good routes and uses his long strides to his advantage. He's not afraid of contact and makes a lot of receptions over the middle. He's outstanding after the catch and runs with purpose. He has to improve his blocking down field and be more disciplined. He's an emotional player who's had issues with his attitude. Projection: 2nd Round.

Photos by Doug Benc/Getty (Harvin and Heyward-Bey), John Amis/AP (Nicks) and Andy Lyons/Getty (Britt).


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