By Joe Redemann (@JayArr_FF)
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I know it’s in poor taste to quote one’s self in anything, but I just can’t resist in this situation. I sent this tweet out a while back when OTA information started leaking, and New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks was being compared to a one Mr. William Percival Harvin III (also, that’s actually his name).
I giggle a lot when people make comparisons to Percy Harvin and it's supposed to be a positive.
— Joe Redemann (@JayArr_FF) July 17, 2014
Now, this is not to say that when he came out of college, Percy Harvin of the Seattle Seahawks was not a highly touted, dynamic talent. In fact, his NFL Combine profile from 2009 highlights his gifts quite well: “Harvin’s speed and elusiveness in the open field makes him a special prospect, whether teams project him as a receiver or running back.” Harvin was such a gifted player that scouts couldn’t decide whether he’d fit best as a joker-type receiver or a lightning-style running back in the mold of Jamaal Charles. The Minnesota Vikings decided to select him as mainly the former, but throughout his career Harvin has been used as a general “playmaker”. Minnesota found ways to manufacture touches for Harvin in a way that not many teams will do for any one skill player: Harvin frequently split out as a receiver, but fielded punts and kicks as well, and was lethal on end-around jet sweeps and occasionally lined up in the backfield like his old days at Florida.
So, why do I mock Harvin, if he’s so supremely gifted? The last lines of his Combine scouting report explain the other half to his story: “Harvin’s durability will be an issue.” There it is, plain and simple. You can be as talented as you want, but if you can’t stay on the field, you won’t contribute in fantasy. This is why I believe Percy Harvin is a waste of space for your fantasy teams in 2014, and we’ll discuss both the pros and cons of selecting him below.