Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/15/09: #1 Junior WR, #8/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1 in 2010 2008: Earned All-American first-team-honors from Rivals.com and second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report (as an all-purpose back), American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation...Consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick...Appeared in twelve games, starting eleven contests while lining up as a slot receiver, tailback and split end...Hauled in 40 passes for 644 yards (16.1 avg) and seven touchdowns, as 31 of his grabs produced first downs...Set up twelve touchdown drives and two other series that ended with field goals, as he converted 9-of-16 third-down throws to him...24 of his receptions were for at least 10 yards, including eleven catches of 20 yards or longer...Carried 70 times for 660 yards (9.4 avg) and ten touchdowns...His ten scoring runs tied Ciatrick Fason (2004) and Errict Rhett (1991) for ninth on Florida's annual record chart...Amassed 1,304 all-purpose yards, ranking fourth in the conference with an average of 108.67 yards per game...In 36 games at Florida, Harvin started 26 times, gaining 3,781 all-purpose yards, the most by a Gator since Errict Rhett amassed 5,393 yards (1990-93)...Caught 133 passes, tying Taylor Jacobs (1999-2002) for 10th on the school career record list...Gained 1,929 yards receiving, scoring 13 times on those receptions...Carried 194 times for 1,852 yards, as his average of 9.55 yards per rushing attempt topped the old school all-time record of 6.4 yards by Elijah Williams (1994-97)...His 19 touchdown runs rank 10th in Florida history...2007: 11 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 83-764-9.2-6; Rec: 59-858-14.5-4; Started 10 games while seeing game action in 11… Missed games against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic due to illness… Second team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches... 2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 41-428-10.4-3; Rec: 34-427-12.6-2; Named to the Freshman All-America team presented by Scripps/FWAA… Collected second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News…Chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: It's certainly a risky pick, but Harvin adds a dynamic to a Vikings offense that has enough potential to make it one of the most dangerous in the NFL. That's especially true if either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels can put together a good season at quarterback. In addition to being a very dangerous catch-and-run receiver out of the slot, Harvin also could line up in the "Wildcat" and will be used on returns. His presence means that it isn't going to be as easy for opposing defenses to put eight men in the box in order to try and stop Adrian Peterson. A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/22 -- Percy Harvin, WR, 5-11, 184, Florida...Despite character and injury issues that surrounded the ultra-talented Harvin, the Vikings were enamored with his talent. The Vikings also did extensive background work on Harvin, who reportedly tested positive for marijuana in February at the NFL Scouting Combine. Coach Brad Childress visited Harvin in Florida last week before signing off on the decision to make the pick. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/13/13 - WR Percy Harvin was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks from the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks gave him a reported six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million in guarantees.
The Seahawks released return specialist Leon Washington to make room for Harvin. .
01/09/13 - WR Percy Harvin is at odds with the team for putting him on injured reserve with a sprained ankle on Dec. 5 rather than waiting to see if his ankle would heal in time for him to return. Heading into the final season of his contract, Harvin is going to want the kind of giant contract that other core players on the team have gotten. But the Vikings are going to be reluctant because Harvin missed eight games, including the playoff loss at Green Bay, and plays with a reckless style that makes him susceptible to injuries. If the team can't smooth the situation with Harvin before draft day, it's possible that Harvin will be traded. Ideally, the team wants a happy Harvin in the slot. With that solidified, the Vikings would focus on drafting or signing the legitimate No. 1 outside receiving threat that they've sorely lacked since Sidney Rice was catching deep balls from Brett Favre in 2009.
12/06/12 - WR Percy Harvin, who missed the past three games because of a sprained left ankle, was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. He's out for the season. Without Harvin, the Vikings essentially have no passing game beyond tight end Kyle Rudolph. Harvin's absence has meant more playing time for rookie Jarius Wright, a fourth-round pick who has 11 catches and a touchdown since Harvin went down.
12/05/12 - WR Percy Harvin, who has missed the past three games because of a sprained left ankle, was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. Without Harvin, the Vikings essentially have no passing game beyond tight end Kyle Rudolph. Harvin's absence has meant more playing time for rookie Jarius Wright, a fourth-round pick who has 11 catches and a touchdown since Harvin went down.
12/03/12 - WR Percy Harvin, who has missed the past three games because of a sprained left ankle, did some more work with the athletic trainers on Monday. He's getting closer to returning, but Frazier was non-committal about Harvin's availability on Sunday.