Drew Boylhart   2/09

Percy Harvin   WR   Florida

 

STRENGTHS

Percy has good size, excellent speed and the strong hands needed to play the WR position.  He can make the tough catch and in general, is a tough player.  Percy can play a few different positions for you because he is multi-talented.  He can run like a tailback in a spread offense and also catch the ball down the field like a WR.  Percy is the type of player who can impact a game in three phases of your offensive game plan.  He has WR, tailback and special team skills.  This makes Percy a very dangerous player and a player who can easily impact a game anytime he touches the ball.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Percy has a solid upper body, but he has those skinny spindly legs that will cause a lot of teams concern.  Players with skinny legs can have a lot of nagging leg injuries.  This is not good for a player who relies on speed to impact.  Percy also does not know how to use his speed.  Right now, he just outruns everyone, but at the next level, that will not work.  Percy will also have to learn how to run professional WR football routes and not this happy, cross-the-defense-faster-than-everyone-else crap he currently runs for his college team.  He has a lot of WR learning to do and, unless he is in a spread offense, you can forget about him running the ball from the tailback position with those skinny legs in the NFL.  That's a leg injury waiting to happen!  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Percy is in a much better situation than Ted Ginn (WR Miami Dolphins) was when he came out because Percy has more bulk in his upper body.  That means he should be able to handle the bump and run techniques at the next level better.  Percy's impact position is as a WR/ST for the next level.  Start him off as a slot receiver and go from there.  He has the bulk to take the hits that a slot receiver takes.  You can put him in motion and throw that short pass to him almost like a RB coming out of the back field.  He gets up to full speed very quickly, but he does not run with much wiggle and vision.  He is a slash style of runner.  Don't get me wrong -- there is nothing wrong with that style of running because it can work well with screens and passes out of the back field so a team could use him as a third down back in passing situations.  However, that style of running does not run routes very well because routes are not all run at full speed.  Running professional football WR routes requires a lot of changing gears, burst, vision, setting up CB's and the intelligence to know when routes need to be changed (while running them) because of different defenses.  For the first time, Percy is going to have to think and run and concentrate on catching a ball all at the same time.  This will be a first for him because, until now, he has just outruns everyone and waits for the ball to get to him without much traffic to worry about.  He is a willing blocker and looks to be a smart kid so in time, it looks to me like he can adjust.  I can see a playoff team late in the first round taking a hard look at Percy as a player who might add a dimension to their offense that they haven't had in the past.  Speed is always good to add to an offense.  But out-running the other team will no longer be the first option open to Percy when he wants to impact.  That is a hard thing for most speed players coming out of college to get their heads around.  They have to learn to break a "learned habit" that they have been using all their lives that allows them to be the best player on the field!  Some do it and some do not.  I think Percy will achieve his goal to be an impact player in the NFL given the time.  In the meantime, Percy has an immediate impact LTI level for special teams and that, along with his potential to impact at other positions in the future, is enough for me to give him a first round grade.  Good luck Percy, I hope you have a good work ethic because you are going to need it!