7 Days of Draftsmas: Brad Childress Has Personal Meeting With Percy Harvin


We’ve just gotten the strongest indication yet that the Vikings might be seriously considering bucking conventional wisdom to take a chance on red-flag-flying Florida receiver Percy Harvinaccording to the National Football Post, Vikings head coach Brad Childress traveled to Gainsville on Wednesday to meet personally with Harvin, who has been sliding off draft boards right and left since news broke of his failed drug test.  Vikings executive Rick Spielman was asked about the meeting Thursday afternoon but refused to confirm it, only saying that it’s normal for teams to send representatives out to meet with players in the days before the draft.  Obviously, there is no way of knowing how that meeting went, or what impression Harvin may have made on Childress, or what Childress even hoped to accomplish by making the trip.  Maybe he just wanted to score some weed.  I can only say that, in recent days, there have been reports of a split inside the Vikings organization over what to do with the #22 pick.  Rumor has it that Childress actually prefers Eben Britton, while other coaches are leaning toward Harvin.  The only safe conclusion we can come to is that Harvin must still be on the board for the Purple.

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  • Mike

    The Star Tribune reported this story but they also said 95% of what goes on in the last week is a diversion to confuse the other teams.  The Vikings would be totally out of character to take a pot head over a right tackle to replace Ryan Cook.

  • Mike

    Pro Football Weekly says the Vikings draft needs are RT and WR explaining “Ryan Cook is not the answer at right tackle, where an upgrade could help preserve Adrian Peterson. Lost out on free-agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh and could use a possession receiver to complement Bernard Berrian’s deep speed.”  Another speedy WR like Harvin is a luxury they can’t afford.

  • Mike

    With all the bad news recently about Percy Harvin, I find it hard to believe that he has recently gained more consideration for round 1 on the Vikings draft board.  But perhaps he has moved down enough that the Vikings need to rethink whether to red dot him for round 2.  The Vikings are in a very difficult situation with needs at both RT and WR needs and only the round one draft choice to get a top player at one or the other position.  For example, if the Vikings select a RT at #22 in round 1, Harvin could be the only good WR left at #54 in round 2.  The problem with this theory is I can’t imagine Harvin falling that far.  Adding to the confusion is that Kiper and McShay say the Vikings will get Britt and Bey, respectively, in round 1, although neither makes much sense to me. 

  • Mike

    Am I the only one confused by this situation?

  • All Day 28

    With the 22nd selection in the NFL draft the Minnesota Vikings select Percy Harvin, Wide Reciever, from the University of Florida. Oh no he smoked some hash, believe me im sure over half the NFL players do worse stuff that smoking alil pot. Harvin is as dynamic as they come. The guy will add so many diminson’s to our Offense and with him i think Chilly will open up the playbook more than he ever has. He can play in the slot, backfield, wildcat, punt, kickoff. In our wonderful short passing game he will contribute so much, five or 7 yard dink and dunk and watch him find a seam and gone. I do realize that we need to fix the RT position as well. But that can be addressed in the 2nd or 3rd round. And i know guys like Mike will bring up Marcus Johnson and Ryan Cook out of the 2nd round, but lets look at the Colts and Patriots, they always seem to find Offensive line gems in the later rounds. There is not a Percy Harvin sitting at us in the 2nd round. Pull the trigger on him if he is still there at 22

  • jeege

    Harvin is a nightmare.

    Straight up. He’s a hell of a player but our needs and the team’s pattern of “character guys only” do not fit the guy. Its just a diversion. A diversion that is fine with me frankly because I don’t want to watch the fool. I got my fill of selfish, me first hot shots with Randy Moss and I am not in the mood to watch another one.

    Give me Britton or give me death.

    Danzinski, hilarious line about scoring weed by the way. hahaha

  • Mike

    On second thought, Percy Harvin could be part of the Vikings proposal to trade down in 1 and up in 2, to get both RT and WR.  If the Vikings improved their offensive line with someone like Loadholt and believe Sidney Rice will be an effective possession WR, and replaced Bobby Wade with Harvin in the slot, the Vikings would have an unbelievable offense, especially if they could pick up a vet QB like Favre. 

  • Mike

    SUPER BOWL  The Star Tribune’s Judd and Chip say the Vikings will get Percy Harvin at #22 and trade up to get Loadholt in the early second round.  QB Favre, RB A Peterson, WRs  Berrian, Rice and Harvin, TE  Shanko, two 6’8′ 333 pound bookend tackles and Hutch, Sullivan and Herrara in the middle.

  • jeege

    No one has mentioned this that I have seen…but does anyone know if the Vikings are taking a look at Quinn?

  • jeege

    I mean, they wanted him out of Notre Dame…they offered a trade this last season (two firsts)…and now they could probably get him cheaper (1 first) and without having to pay him any bonus money.

    Seems pretty ideal to me!