NFL Speculation: Teams That Must Trade for Percy Harvin

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IFebruary 15, 2013

NFL Speculation: Teams That Must Trade for Percy Harvin

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    Percy Harvin continues to be a problem for the Minnesota Vikings.

    According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports:

    Last year, when Harvin asked for a trade, he wasn’t unhappy with his financial situation.

    Per a league source, Harvin currently is expected to stay away from offseason workouts and training camp absent a new deal.

    Also, in an article by Tom Pelissero of, speaking with a personnel executive from the AFC:

    The executive guessed the Vikings could end up with a second- or third-round pick, plus another pick to sweeten the pot. The personnel man said he thought they'd be lucky to get a third-rounder, considering perception around the league about the Vikings' predicament.

    Given all that, Harvin's abilities are unquestioned and gambling on him with a second-day draft selection isn't a terrible risk. He'll only be 25 years old before the 2013 season kicks off and brings excellent versatility to an offense.

    Obviously, character issues remain a concern, but we've also seen talent win that battle for appeal quite often.

Miami Dolphins

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    With two second-round and two third-round picks, the Miami Dolphins have plenty of options entering the draft.

    As for a receiver, Miami can really bolster the development of Ryan Tannehill by making a move for Percy Harvin.

    Harvin's dynamic threat will pull attention away from Davone Bess underneath and create a horizontal running game. Defenses will then need to play more zone against the Dolphins, which will allow the quick receivers to find the soft spots at the intermediate level.

    Factor in Harvin's explosiveness, and Miami will stretch the field.

    As a result, the ground game benefits and taking a receiver in Round 1 completes Tannehill's arsenal. 

    The Dolphins can go a few directions with their picks, so approaching a veteran target immediately makes them playoff contenders.

St. Louis Rams

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    The St. Louis Rams have two first-round picks, so there are numerous routes to take this offseason.

    Most definitely would using each selection in the draft suffice, but the Rams will also stock up on more picks by trading one back.

    In turn, the investment for Percy Harvin reduces risk and St. Louis still holds extra picks to improve after moving down. Needing a deep-threat target, Harvin quickly spruces up the Rams offense to scoring more efficiently.

    Not to mention, his athleticism alone is a competitive advantage in the defensively tough NFC West.

    His impact widens opponents to open up the ground game and keeps single coverage on Sam Bradford's other receivers. The ultimate key here is Harvin occupying outside linebackers and safeties to get St. Louis favorable mismatches of personnel.

    And after going 4-1-1 in the division last season, presenting Harvin only makes the Rams more dangerous.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Holding two second-round selections, the Cincinnati Bengals have a solid amount of luxury this draft season.

    Additionally, the Bengals significantly upgrade their offense by considering Percy Harvin.

    A.J. Green is the obvious No. 1 receiver, and quarterback Andy Dalton is provided with a slew of reliable No. 2 complements to Green. Harvin, on the other hand, is much more established than anyone else on Cincinnati, and his presence would inflate the production of Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham.

    The AFC North is gradually becoming an offensive division, and the Bengals would have a distinct advantage with Harvin alongside Green. He will force linebackers to spread out and his acceleration in accumulating yards after the catch speaks volumes.

    With Green attracting attention from the corner and safety to his side, Harvin won't ever face double coverage or even a bracketed zone. The end result is a well-balanced yet explosive attack that bolts Cincinnati atop the division.

    Even more important, however, are increased odds of finally winning a playoff game this century.

San Francisco 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers are not as appealing regarding draft picks.

    However, the Niners do hold two third-round selections and need to get Colin Kaepernick one more playmaking receiver.

    Yes, San Francisco already presents Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss. But Moss is 36 years old and not nearly explosive now as Percy Harvin. At the same time, the 49ers also need another young threat to help develop Kaepernick.

    Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams are not prototypical receivers and the only other target is tight end Vernon Davis. Well, in order to keep running the read-option, and make it effective from the spread, Harvin's talent amplifies this for Jim Harbaugh.

    He can be used for quick tosses, jet sweeps and bubble screens to a much more productive extent. In other words, the play calls aren't nearly as predictable, because a defense knows those plays are relevant with Ginn and Williams out wide as opposed to Moss.

    Harvin, though, is a threat all over the field and will burn any defender one on one. Include Kaepernick's ability, as well as the traditional ground game, and the 49ers hit a new level offensively.