7 Days of Draftsmas: Percy Harvin Did Test Positive for Pot at Combine


About a month ago, the website NFLDraftbible.com began throwing out names of players they believed had tested positive for drugs at the combine, a list that included everyone from USC linebacker Clay Matthews to Boston College DT B.J. Raji to Florida WR Percy Harvin.  Unfortunately for the reputation, and perhaps future survival, of that particular site, the report turned out to be erroneous in almost every case, and now such exonerated players as Matthews and Raji are seeing their draft stock recover from the temporary hit laid on it by their inclusion in the questionable website postings.  One guy who will not be receiving the benefit of such an exoneration, however, is Percy Harvin, who, it has now been confirmed, indeed tested positive for marijuana at the combine, along with North Carolina receiver Brandon Tate.

This positive test, along with numerous other accounts of Harvin’s questionable attitude and coachability while at Florida, has all but scuttled any shot the receiver had at being taken in the first round, either by the Vikings at #22 or anywhere else. Is this just?  You can argue that marijuana laws are by themselves unjust and silly, and I would tend to agree, but that isn’t really the issue here.  Wrong or right, the rules exist, and the guys know ahead of time that they’re going to be tested.  Harvin had every chance in the world to lay off the weed and pee clean at the combine, but was either too dumb or arrogant to do so.  There’s also the fact that, if a guy tests positive at the combine then gets drafted, he comes into the league with a strike against him in the league’s substance abuse policy.  Why should a team spend a first-round pick on a guy who not only lacks the self-discipline to stay clean for the test but already stands just one violation away from getting suspended? There’s no reason to.  Harvin is a bad risk and I wouldn’t take him.  I hope it was a good smoke.

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  • Mike

    This increase the chances the Vikings will get the best RT they can in round 1 – Oher, Britton, Loadholt or Beatty.  WRs Bey, Nicks, Britt and Robiskie are still possibilities but nothing with the upside of a Harvin that could make Chilly feel like he could be missing out on the next Randy Moss.  But now Harvin could be available in 2, if Chilly thinks Pat White is not enough at unconventional WR.  Then the question is do you even want another Ricky Williams hippie flake out problem at any price?

  • Mark

    HAHAHA,

    “Harvin is a bad risk and I wouldn’t take him.  I hope it was a good smoke.”

    I love it, well said and well written

  • Mike

    At NFL.com, the Vikings mock round 1 draft selections are Percy Harvin (both Charles Davis and Steve Wyche), Jeremy Maclin (Jamie Dukes) and Eben Britton (Pat Kirwan).  Other than Kirwan, I can’t imagine what the others are thinking?

  • jeege

    Lost in all this Harvin talk is the fact that Childress has never wanted to take a wide receiver in the first round. In fact, though I don’t have a fancy stat machine at my fingertips, I believe he has never been a part of a professional football team that has taken a WR in the first round!

    It was not going to happen before the pot and it definetly is not going to happen now.

  • Mike

    jeege, I think Chilly was involved in the Freddie Mitchell round 1 disaster at Philly in 2001.  But you’re right, he has mostly chosen in the second round, but those have also been disasters.  Better go with a right tackle in 1 and maybe Harvin in 2.

  • Mike

    With all the draft WRs suspect and dropping, the Vikings really need to make an offer for Boldin.  The Eagles are very interested to deal their #21. Baltimore looks like another plausible option.  But Pro Football Weekly says don’t be shocked if a dark-horse team or two gets in on the Boldin sweepstakes before it’s all said and done, further adding to the Draft Day intrigue.

  • Mike

    ESPN’s John Clayton says Arizona has received an offer for Boldin from the Ravens - their first round pick at #26 and Todd Heap.  I think Heap is over the hill.  The Vikings should be able to offer something better.  

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    if i were az. i’d say throw in one of your rbs and we’ll deal?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    if they got the 26 spot they’d be able to get a wr back in the draft, get a starting quality te. i think heap is only like a 5th year player? and a rb to shore up their ground game? it would be depth at 3 offensive spots for getting rid of a disgrunteled wr and a 10 mil $ contract problem. yeah you’d miss his talent, but they got some kids that can play wr on that team. and fitz is always got the double sliding to his side.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    their first and chester would probably get it done. az needs a back?

  • Mike

    I don’t like the Vikings giving up either our first or Chester.  I think Chester is worth Boldin straight up.  I would offer our 2 and 3, moving up from their #31 to our #22 in 1, and some other player or players we don’t need – maybe Ryan Cook, T-Joke, Ray “the sack” Edwards or Brian Robison.  That way the Vikings can still get a right tackle in the draft along with WR Boldin and lose nothing of consequence.  Todd Heap (now aptly named) is in his 9th season, peaked in 2005 and only got 35 catches and 400 yards last year.

  • Mike

    Pioneer Press Bob Sansevere says Vikings should trade their first-round pick for a player who can have an immediate impact, a wide receiver such as Anquan Boldin.  I agree but the Vikings can’t afford to move out of round 1 entirely because they need to be able to get a good right tackle.  I would offer our 2 and 3, moving up from their #31 to our #22 in 1, and some other player or players ready for the heap. 

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    the senario of your trade is fantastic for the vikings, but the consideration of what the cardinals will do is still the thing. if you are arizona would you trade boldin for any of the situations you just mentioned. i would’nt. the thing about it is arizona will NOT trade boldin unless they get a secnificantly upgrade in talent? by trading boldin they will weeken their recieving corp. they just put a ton of money into keeping warner, so they will have to improve big in another area to make this trade work for them. the only thing to get it done is a first rounder and a player that is of need to them that can start right away. with a first rounder they can replace boldin with a wr. and getting chester allows them to gain a starting young RB. i would do this deal, not saying that az. would. thats why i’m not a GM somewhere i guess?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    and if i’m minny and i keep the #1 rnd pick, i would try to move up and get freeman the qb. mike there is your franchise qb. mark my words this kid in the right situation, such as what minny has to offer as a team, is going to be better than stafford and sanchez. look at the comparisons in size, arm strength, and overall leadership qualities; freeman is heads and tails over these other “over rated” qbs. this kid can develop quickly, but will be around for years to come with a young peterson and a good young D.

  • Mike

    Dallas Dave.  First, I read AZ has plenty of depth at WR to give up Boldin, especially Fitz and Breaston.  Second, Freeman is rated the number one boom or bust of the draft and at least a two year project.  My goal is to win now while Peterson is great and not take chances with players like Freeman and the other junior QBs and Harvin and the other risky WRs.

  • Mike

    Dave.  Dallas could use another WR now that TO left.  But I doubt they would give up RB Felix Jones (not sure of last name?).  Balt only offered used up Todd Heap.  I see no reason to offer Chester except straight up or maybe a Chester and a seventh rounder.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    every draft pick you take is boom or bust. but the potential that freeman has is by far over what stafford or sanchez brings. the upside is huge.  coming out of college many football players are already peaking as talent goes. they will not really get any better than what you see. but a kid like freeman is just touching the tip of his potential. when you pair him with a great running game, a top 5 nfl D, a huge O-line…..he has all the weapons to explode onto the scene. much like matt ryan or joe flaco. stafford and sanchez will, yes take time to develop because of their team situations. if a kid like free gets in minny, he’ll fly. that is my opinion. yes AZ has plenty of depth at wr, but you gotta give THEM a “deal you can’t refuse” to part ways with boldin to make it work. that is all i’m tryin to say. minny could win with freeman now. just like baltimore and atlanta did with there young guys

  • Mike

    Dave, I have to trust the consensus of NFL teams that this years junior QBs are not ready to step in like seniors Ryan and Flacco did last year.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes dallas could use another wr. i’m hoping against hope we can nail robiskie with our pick in the 2nd at 51? not sure he’ll be there? but to your point of trading for a wr like boldin, look at what we had to do to get roy williams. we gave a first and a third and a 5th.e got roy and a 4th back. if roy pans out as a starting #1 wr, than he was worth every bit of that trade. he’ll take over that #1 spot that owens left. we have a young kid with speed in miles austin and a kid like robiskie would be a great addition. but this is what minny will have to offer to AZ , or similar, to get the deal done, i do believe?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes mike that is a fair assumption, mine is opinion only, and you do know what opinions are all about? i just look at freeman and see a great qb coming up. given the potential that the vikings have, i think it would be a match made in heaven. one of those perfect fits? but again, thats why i’m just writing stuff here….hahaha.

  • Mike

    Dallas gave up too much for Williams.  I don’t know the Vikings will get Boldin with my offer but I don’t see any harm in making the offer.  Might scare Sidney Rice.  I predict Robiskie will be gone at #51. 

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    and funny you should say that about dallas trading one of our back for boldin. the talk on our landryhat blog has been maybe to trade marion barber straight up for boldin. now he’s our starting back, but we have the potential in felix jones and tashard choice to replace him. i personally am against that, because i would never trade a good back for a good wr. running in the nfl is too important, thus making your opinion of chester taylor to maybe correct. your probably right not to trade chester, i’m just saying thats what it might take?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes dallas gave a lot, and maybe too much. but we’re going to gamble on roy. welet owens and his headaches go to see if roy can step up into that role. if he does, then it probably was’nt too much. but again there lies the gamble. yes i too feel robiskie will be gone at 51, but as of now he is ranked about 5th or 6th on the wr list which could put him in the spot? i hope…..but he’s not a necessity, but would be a great addition.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    good chattin with you mike. good luck to you guys in the draft on sat. we should see a lot of these fireworks coming to pass on Dday. can’t wait.

  • Mike

    The Jets like the 28-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin because the receivers in the draft are all question marks – Harvin is high-maintenance, Heyward-Bey has hard hands and Nicks lacks speed, has been out of shape for recent workouts and there also are off-the-field questions about his family life.