Minnesota Vikings: Why They Won the Percy Harvin Trade

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Minnesota Vikings: Why They Won the Percy Harvin Trade
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If you keep pushing someone, eventually they'll push back.

That's exactly what happened earlier today when the Minnesota Vikings reportedly decided to finally ship disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Glazer also reported that the deal includes an exchange for a first- and seventh-round pick this year and a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

While most Vikings fans will surely be upset in some way to see the dynamic Harvin leave Minnesota, the value they got in return is worth celebrating. You could even say they "won" this blockbuster deal on paper.

Acquiring a first-round pick this year for Harvin gives the franchise the chance to draft a potential impact, cornerstone player on either side of the ball.

For a rebuilding team that made the playoffs in 2012, the Vikings couldn't have asked for a better deal.

By the end of the year, it was clear that Harvin's career in Minnesota was over. The constant badgering of the front office and the general displeasure with the team was becoming a locker-room bacterium that would have done nothing but consume the team had he been forced to stay in a purple and gold uniform.

While Harvin is an extraordinary talent on the field, sometimes it's the off-field issues that ruin a player’s tenure with a team. And that is exactly what transpired with Harvin and the Vikings.

Looking toward the future, the Vikings now have a chance to pick up two talented players in the opening round of the draft that will help sure up an already dynamic young roster.

Cordarelle Patterson

The two most glaring needs that the Vikings have to address in this draft is at wide receiver and in the secondary. With Harvin gone, the need to draft a playmaker to play alongside Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson is huge.

Averaging a dreadful 171.9 passing yards per game (via NFL.com), Minnesota may look at drafting Tennessee wideout Justin Hunter with the freshly acquired Seattle pick.

Hunter is big, fast and incredibly strong. His presence alone should give the Vikings offense a shot in the arm.

If not Hunter, then perhaps fellow Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could turn a few heads. Another big, fast option, Patterson may have the highest ceiling of any WR prospect in the draft.

A player like Patterson may be worth the risk, especially when you have another first-round pick to fall back on.

Regardless of what direction the Vikings go, the Percy Harvin to Seattle deal has all the makings to be a home run for the franchise.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Who else can't wait for April?

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