NFL Draft: Pothead Harvin?

Shawn DerbyContributor IApril 26, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 29:  Receiver Percy Harvin #1 of the Florida Gators is helped off the field against the Florida State Seminoles at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Gators defeated the Seminoles 45-15.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

With the 22nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings select...

Percy Harvin.


Where's the logic? What happened to drafting character guys? What is Brad Childress doing?

I cannot argue the fact that Harvin has game-breaking skills and if he pans out, Percy Harvin combined with Adrian Peterson is a dangerous offense.

I for one, supported Brad Childress before today's draft. Even throughout all of the flak he's been catching for the current quarterback situation and his plain jane offensive attack.


This April's Day One of the Draft has put me under though, the only player I didn't want Childress to select was selected anyways.

Now, I knew that Percy Harvin was the most likely selection for Minnesota.

Then I caught wind of Harvin's combine drug test failure and I soon became very confident that Minnesota would shy away from a player with off-the-field issues such as these.

Oh, did I mention that Michael Oher was still available as well?

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Yeah, you really got it pegged this time, Brad.

I had no doubt in my mind that, coupled with his troubles going into college at Florida and the recent "hot pissing" at the combine, that Brad Childress would wisely pass on the Pothead from Florida and grab one of the elite tackles in the draft, in Oher.

But, in a move that left me extremely surprised, they chose him anyways.

The failed drug test is one of many reasons not to draft Percy Harvin.

Multiple suspensions in high school, durability concerns, trouble all throughout college, and a positive testing for marijuana at the NFL COMBINE!


Most Viking fans were thinking the same.

If the Vikings are now in pursuit of these sort of players, then why are Childress and Wilf not seriously considering former superstar QB Michael Vick?