University of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin has opted to forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Despite missing the first game of the season as well as the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, he was able to put up very good numbers as a dual threat.
Harvin caught 40 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games in '08, but he was most effective on the ground. He rushed for 659 yards and 10 touchdowns on 70 carries, giving him an eye-popping 9.4 yards-per-carry average during his junior season. He scored a rushing touchdown in nine of his 12 games in 2008.
- Reaches top-end speed quickly
- Has the ability to make several defender miss
- Not afraid to go over the middle or fight for extra yards
- Has the ability to become a very good returner
- Has very good hands
- Can be used as a wideout or in the backfield
- History of injuries during college career
- Does not have prototypical receiver build (5-foot-11 1/8, 192 pounds)
- Inexperienced as a route runner
- Has problems sustaining blocks
- Reportedly failed a drug test for marijuana at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine
- Tested slower than expected at the combine (4.41-second 40-yard dash) and did not run at his March 18 Pro Day in an attempt to improve his numbers
Expected draft placement
Harvin likely remains a first-round pick simply based on his talent alone, but he has definitely slid down the draft boards of many teams. Most teams don't necessarily care about Harvin failing the drug test since it wasn't a performance-enhancing drug, but it speaks volumes of his judgment knowing he had the biggest interview of his life coming up (the combine) and still chose to partake in marijuana use. Coupling that with his injury history, most teams will be a cautious about using their choice on him.
Harvin also canceled a visit to the New York Giants this month, but it is unclear why.
The Miami Dolphins at pick No. 25 would be a logical place for Harvin, due to their need for another playmaking receiver and his experience in a spread offense. Other teams that may be looking into the possibility of taking the talented junior include the Baltimore Ravens at No. 26, Indianapolis Colts at No. 27 and Tennessee Titans at No. 30. We don't expect Harvin to fall out of the first round.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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