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Posted April 19, 2009

Percy Harvin - Stock Plummeting

At some point, a player's talent just is not worth where he is picked, no matter how physically gifted he is.

If I did not have Pac Man Jones rated in my top 65 players before the 2005 NFL Draft, you would have called me crazy.

Same goes for former players like Lawrence Phillips, Rae Carruth, Dimitrius Underwood, Mike Williams, Matt Jones, among countless others drafted in the first round.

What am I getting at?

Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki has hinted at Percy Harvin's severe character concerns, which make him a very risky prospect.

Harvin's track record goes all the way back to high school where he had multiple incidents.

In 2004 as a junior, he served a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct during a game. Having played high school sports, I know you have to do something pretty bad to warrant a suspension.

Harvin was reportedly involved in a fight during the end of a basketball game, and it got so big the officials called the game.

As a senior, Harvin was suspended for the remainder of his athletic high school eligibility by the Virginia High School League for numerous incidents during basketball games.

Tom Zimorski, VHSL's Director of Compliance said, "I'm not aware of it happening very often," he said. "I've been here six years, and it's not happened since I got here.”

Scout.com reported that in 2004, “Harvin was suspended from school for an altercation with the school's wrestling coach. After horseplay in the cafeteria, Harvin and the coach/teacher had an altercation that Harvin claims was blown out of proportion, but still leads to a two-game suspension.”

Also in 2005, “He was charged with misdemeanor assault for his role in a street fight and was suspended for two games during the football season of his senior year. Charges were eventually dropped.”

Harvin is a bust waiting to happen. Giving a player a few million dollars only makes his behavior worse because he will get more attention. Nawrocki has stated that Harvin has an entourage that follows him around and he rubs people the wrong way.

How bad does your character have to be that your athletic career is over in high school? The answer is pretty terrible.

It looks like Harvin has not learned from his past as he has tested positive for marijuana at the Combine. Neither Harvin nor his agent has appealed this report.

On top of all this are Harvin's severe durability concerns.

I have no idea where I am going to place him on my Top 100 of my Big Board at this point, but definitely not in the top 65.

Do not be shocked at all if Harvin falls out of the first two rounds altogether. He might just fall out of the first three rounds. Who knows, maybe he goes undrafted!

Considering that Roger Goddell is cracking down on character and a player like Harvin would be a head case, teams just might feel like he isn't worth drafting at all.

Think about Pac Man Jones. If you had to do it all over again, would you spend even a seventh-round pick on him?

If not, then maybe you shouldn't spend a draft pick on the next Pac Man Jones: Percy Harvin.



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