The Chicago Bears own the 18th pick in the up-coming 2009 NFL Draft, and are possibly looking to pick a wide receiver. Various names have floated around including: Jeremy Maclin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks, and Percy Harvin.
Realistically they have a shot at all of them, with the exception of Maclin, who will be gone by the time they pick.
I like three of the receivers that remain and can't stand the last one, Percy Harvin. Harvin would make a terrible fit on the Bears roster, and here's why.
First of all, Harvin is a tweener who sometimes is a wide receiver, sometimes a running back, and a lot of the time he is sitting on the sideline injured. The Bears already have another player (Devin Hester) who is trying to become a true wide out, and we don't need another project at the position.
We need someone who is a wide receiver and has been all his life.
There is no doubting that Harvin has rare speed and gamebreaking ability, but he also is a Prima Donna.
He was suspended in high school for unsportsmanlike conduct, inappropriate language, and improper conduct with an official during a game in which he threw a temper tantrum and was ejected.
Coaches in high school and college have said that he has a sense of entitlement and frequently talks down to them. He has also been known to act like a baby when he receives tough love from his coaches.
Harvin believes that he is seldom in the wrong and people should just bow-down to him.
Harvin grew up in the notorious Virginia beach neighborhood that was also home to Lawerence Taylor, DeAngelo Hall, and Michael (let's kill some pitbulls) Vick. To say that these players have had character defects, would be putting it mildly.
I am not trying to stereotype anyone, but clearly it's something to be concerned about.
We all know Harvin as an exciting play maker, but let's take a look at what he doesn't do on the field. He is not a good route runner, and struggles to break even arm tackles at times. Everyone envisions Harvin as this dynamic return specialist in the mold of Devin Hester.
He is not.
In fact, he never returned a kick at Florida. Not one!
So the argument that he could at least take over kickoff duties and let Hester concentrate on catching passes is ludicrous. There has to be a reason Florida never let him return a kick.
Percy has also had huge problems staying on the field. He has suffered hamstring, neck, ankle, and foot injuries during his time as a Gator.
As a life-long Bears fan, the last thing we need is another Mike Brown who teases us with his ability, but ends-up spending more time watching than playing. Harvin has struggled to fit in with his teammates and many of them would tell you that they plain just don't like him.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo has made questionable character issue picks in the past, and they have come back to bite him hard.
Cedric Benson and Tank Johnson both ended-up having numerous run-ins with the law and were subsequently released. Benson was the No. 5 overall pick 2005 and we got absolutely nothing in compensation for him.
He also was aloof with teammates, and believed he should have been handed the starting spot over veteran Thomas Jones before ever taking a snap.
Remind you of anyone?
The last thing that the Bears should do is draft Harvin. With his job possibly on the line this year, Angelo will not choose to bet the house playing with that stacked deck. Another busted No. 1 pick, especially due to character issues, will put his head on the chopping block.
So please Angelo, take the advice of someone who has bleed Bears blood for longer than you have even been a GM and cross Harvin of your draft board.
Don't worry, you won't be the only one, plenty of teams see Harvin's true colors. Let some other team fall in love with him and become their headache.
We don't have room for another player who thinks his shit don't stink and can reportedly walk on water.