I'll admit it, when my Vikings took this pick, I swore real loud. With Michael Oher on the board, I thought it was a no-brainer. I was wrong.
I hated the pick initially and have criticized the Vikings for it, but after I've had time to settle down and think of what he could add to a lack-luster offense, I warmed up to the idea.
Despite his "character issues", the Vikings thought it'd be worth the risk. The organization has done a great job of cleaning up their team and ridding the locker room of any distractions. The veteran Vikings' defense won't put up with it though.
He was a dual-threat playmaker for the Gators last season shattering school records across the board. His 9.8 yards-per-carry average is nothing to snicker at.
He won't get too many carries out of the backfield with Peterson and Taylor, but he should get a chance, nonetheless.
He's a do-it-all player with all the skills necessary to be a top ten pick. He is a threat to score at any time and makes people miss with every move of his body. He also underrated strength and was one of the fastest players at the combine.
He did have a Heisman winner throwing the ball to him, something he obviously won't get in Minnesota. But with Peterson commanding so much attention and Berrian scaring the defense from burning them deep, Harvin will take control over the middle.
He is my surprise pick for the upcoming year. Had he gone to a different team, I probably won't have bothered even mentioning it. The fact that he's playing for arguably the best run-blocking offensive lines and Peterson alone is enough to ward consideration.
I think he'll manage to get 49 catches, 700 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He might get a few runs in the newly installed Wildcat formation with 28 carries, 184 yards, and 2 touchdowns.