WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Invited to Minnesota Vikings' Pre-Draft Workout

Tim YoungContributor IMarch 12, 2009

The Minnesota Vikings made their wide receiver interest known after losing the bidding war for former Cincinnati Bengal T.J. Houshmandzadeh. 

Several mock draft boards have Florida WR Percy Harvin going to the Vikings with the 22nd overall pick. Harvin would give either Sage Rosenfels or Tavaris Jackson another offensive weapon, as well as give the team a much needed return man.

But not so fast. Apparently the Vikings have offered to arrange a private pre-draft workout with former Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The 6'2" 210 lbs receiver lit up the combine as the top performer in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, and 20-yard shuttle. 

Before the combine, he was overshadowed by other wide receiver talent. But with his untouched combination of size and speed, he has given teams another name to think about.

The biggest question with Heyward-Bey is whether he's worth the gamble. He has the potential to be a Pro Bowl-caliber wide receiver, but he also has the potential to be a bust, similar to that of former seventh overall pick Troy Williamson. 

A third possibility for the Vikings is North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks. Last year he had 68 catches for 1,222 receiving yards and 12 TDs. 

One thing's certain: The Vikings will address their wide receiver needs during the upcoming draft, which is now 44 days away.

If both Harvin and Heyward-Bey are still on the board for the 22nd pick, it will be interesting to see which way the team goes. Either way, it appears to be a win-win situation for Vikings fans.


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