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Percy Harvin (WR)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 192
College: Florida
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
High School: Landstown
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Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 22 (22)
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Pick Analysis: The Vikings ignore the potential character risks and select the immensely talented Harvin with their first-round pick. The do-it-all playmaker makes life easier for quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson with his ability to score from anywhere on the field. With Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian receiving the bulk of opponents' attention, Harvin could emerge a surprise star in his rookie season.
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Overview

Harvin was the consummate dual threat at wide receiver and running back for the Gators, amassing 1,929 receiving yards to go with 1,852 yards on the ground. In just 36 games at Florida, he proved to be a dangerous open-field threat, finding the end zone 32 times. His yards per rush average of 9.55 shattered the previous school career record of 6.4 yards by Elijah Williams (1994-97).


The 2006 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year was one of the main reasons Florida captured two national championships during his three seasons at the university. He quickly became the favorite target of 2007 Heisman Trophy QB Tim Tebow, as that tandem hooked up on 19 touchdown passes.


Harvin was regarded as the nation's top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com following his four-year career at Landstown High School. He was also listed as the nation's top recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. He earned Parade All-American honors as a senior and was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game after being named the 2004 National Junior of the Year by Rivals.com.


Harvin finished his prep career with 75 catches for 1,313 yards with 14 touchdowns, as he also rushed for 504 yards and 13 additional scores his senior season. He recorded a total of 33 touchdowns during his final campaign. He caught 58 passes for 1,016 yards (17.5 avg) and 17 touchdowns while rushing 68 times for 726 yards (10.7 avg) and 10 touchdowns as a junior, en route to helping lead Landstown to Group AAA state championship.


Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Beach District and Eastern Region in 2004, Harvin returned four punts for touchdowns as a junior. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, he also served as captain of the basketball and excelled in track. He is the only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field meet.


Harvin turned down scholarship offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Southern California to enroll at Florida in 2006. He started five of the 13 games he played in, sitting out the Alabama clash after suffering a left ankle sprain vs. Tennessee. The Freshman All-American gained 427 yards with two scores on 34 receptions (12.6 avg) and ran 41 times for 428 yards (10.4 avg) and three touchdowns, averaging 65.77 all-purpose yards per game.


In 2007, Harvin started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in, sitting out vs. South Carolina and Florida Atlantic due to a sinus infection and migraine headaches. He was limited in fall camp by an Achilles tendon strain and left the Mississippi State clash with a hip pointer. Still, he amassed 1,622 all-purpose yards, grabbing 59 passes for 858 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 764 yards and six scores on 83 attempts. In the Vanderbilt game, he became the first player in school history to total 100 yards rushing (113) and 100 yards receiving (110) in the same contest.


Harvin earned All-American honors as a specialist in 2008. He started 11 games, sitting out the SEC title game due to a right ankle sprain that he suffered during a mid-season contest vs. Arkansas. He had missed spring and fall drills after undergoing April surgery to correct a right heel problem from his high school days. He would manage 644 yards and seven touchdowns on 40 receptions and 660 yards on 70 carries (9.4 avg) that produced 10 more scores.


High School

Attended Landstown (Virginia Beach, Va.) High School, where Harvin was regarded as the nation's top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com following his four-year career...Listed as the nation's top recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...Earned Parade All-American honors as a senior and was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game after being named the 2004 National Junior of the Year by Rivals.com...Finished his prep career with 75 catches for 1,313 yards with 14 touchdowns, as he also rushed for 504 yards and 13 additional scores his senior season...Recorded a total of 33 touchdowns during his final campaign...Caught 58 passes for 1,016 yards (17.5 avg) and 17 touchdowns while rushing 68 times for 726 yards (10.7 avg) and 10 touchdowns as a junior, en route to helping lead Landstown to Group AAA state championship...Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Beach District and Eastern Region in 2004, Harvin returned four punts for touchdowns as a junior...Also served as captain of the basketball team and excelled in track...Only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field meet.


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Analysis

Positives: Shorter than scouts would like, but has a strong, compact build. Rare straight-line speed. Rare elusiveness. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Good vision when running in space. Sets up his blocks well and can cut back against the grain. Good agility as a route-runner. Strong, secure hands for the reception. Courageous going over the middle. Gathers in the pass and quickly moves upfield to maximize production. Can extend outside of his frame to make the spectacular reception. Versatile athlete who can contribute as a receiver, running back and shows great potential as a returner, although he never attempted a kick or punt return at Florida. Has struggled with durability, but is considered a physically tough player.


Negatives: Looks shorter on film than his listed 5-11. Many of his plays in this offense were slip screens designed to get him the ball quickly and in space. Could struggle acclimating to a more pro-style offense. Lack of success at the NFL level from former receivers from Meyer's offense is troubling. Has struggled with durability. Missed practice time in 2008 with ankle, hip pointer and tendonitis in his knee and heel.


Injury Report

2006: Harvin injured his left ankle midway through the second quarter vs. Tennessee (9/16) after he caught a 14-yard pass to convert a third-down play, but he came up limping. He went to the sideline, where trainers taped the ankle heavily. Harvin attempted to run on the sideline later in the second quarter, but he did not return in the first half. He returned briefly in the third quarter but did not touch the ball. The following week, Harvin saw just limited action vs. Kentucky (9/23) and then sat out the Alabama clash (9/30), wearing a protective boot to help speed up his recovery from his high ankle sprain. He would not fully recover from this injury until two months later (first injury-free game was vs. Western Carolina on 11/18).


One week after the Western Carolina contest, Harvin was carted off the field on a stretcher after taking a hard hit across the middle with 2:51 left in the first half vs. Florida State (11/25). Harvin had already scored on a 41-yard touchdown run and gained a career-high 86 yards on four carries before he was forced to miss the game. The decision to cart him off the field turned out to be a precautionary measure. He was taken for tests and returned to the bench after halftime but did not play the second half due to a neck stinger.


2007: Harvin was limited in practice on 8/14 because of Achilles' tendonitis. ... Harvin suffered a hip pointer vs. Mississippi (9/22) that prevented him from practicing in the week leading up to the Auburn clash (9/29)...Harvin did not travel to South Carolina for the Gators' game (11/10) and missed close to two weeks of practice because of a sinus infection and migraine headaches, resulting in him also being sidelined vs. Florida Atlantic (11/17).


2008: On March 24, Harvin was ordered by team doctors to sit out the rest of spring drills due to lingering heel problems. He was forced to wear a protective boot and was re-evaluated by team doctors, who decided to shut him down for the spring. ...On April 7, Harvin had heel surgery that was performed by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson at the Orthocarolina Orthopedic Clinic in Charlotte, N.C. The Gators hoped the surgery would relieve years of pain in Harvin's right heel, which has bothered him off and on since his high school days in Virginia. Harvin returned for fall camp, but by late August, he the majority of practice roaming the sidelines and doing conditioning drills. The lingering heel injury would force him to sit out the season opener vs. Hawaii (8/30). The receiver was finally cleared to resume full-speed practices on 9/06.


Harvin sprained his right ankle at Arkansas and his foot was placed in a protective boot. Harvin left the Florida State (11/29) game when he re-injured his right ankle. He was again forced to wear a protective boot, missing practices leading up to the SEC title game vs. Alabama (12/06), as he did not see action vs. the Tide. Wearing sweat pants and his No. 1 jersey, he clearly favored the right ankle even when he was only trying to walk during the Gators' warm-ups prior to the SEC championship clash. Even so, he said he tried to talk his way into playing. "I came out today and still tried to go," Harvin said. "The trainers had to grab me and say this is not good for you." He said he also was told by his teammates that it was not necessary for him to try to play when he wasn't close to full speed. "My teammates said 'We've got you' and I had to believe them."


Hoping to return to action for the BCS title game vs. Oklahoma, Harvin was so determined to play in the contest that he decided to remain in Gainesville rather than return home to Virginia during Christmas, putting in extra work with the athletic trainers. "They moved him from the pool to the trampoline," coach Urban Meyer said. "And then, obviously, the next thing will be the ground, hard surface."


Harvin said his sprained ankle was "90 percent" healed -- the result of spending nearly 100 percent of his time in the training room over the holidays. He estimated he was in the training room 15 hours each day with trainer Kyle Johnston -- which would put him in there from about the time he wakes up until he goes to bed. "Our team made jokes about it. They said me and one of the trainers, we're dating each other because of the time we spent with each other," Harvin said. That hard rehabilitation process allowed him to return to the field for his final college appearance vs. Oklahoma (1/08/09).


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