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Posted March 10, 2009
Percy Harvin's Wide Draft Range
If you needed your speed fix on a college football Saturday, all you had to do is change the channel to put on the University of Florida Gators. Brandon James, Louis Murphy, Brandon Spikes, Joe Haden, Carlos Dunlap - this team had a ton of traditional Florida speed and it was a big reason this team won the B(C)S Championship.
I even left out their fastest player - offensive "joker" Percy Harvin, who is a likely first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
When you break down Percy Harvin's game, I think you are talking about a top-10 talent. His route running is underrated in my opinion, but he needs more experience as a pure receiver. He is tough going over the middle and has underrated hands.
However, it seems like for every week in the last two seasons at Florida, Harvin was on the injury report. Probable, doubtful, Probably doubtful - we have heard it all.
The durability issue is a huge concern come Draft Day, and I am not very certain where he will end up.
Houston could need a threat opposite Andre Johnson, and will consider their top-rated receivers at 15 overall. Could Harvin be on their list?
I could also see Harvin lasting until the low 40's in the second round because of his inexperience at receiver and lengthy injury history.
When you look at the teams that need a receiver in this range who could practically pick Harvin, I came up with this list: HOU, NYJ, CHI, BAL, IND, NYG, TEN, CLE, etc. Lots of teams need receivers, but they also need other positions and might have guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey or Kenny Britt rated higher on their boards.
This is something to keep your eye on because Harvin has such an extremely wide draft range. I don't know where he'll end up, but it'll certainly be one of the headlines as we enter late April.