Percy was an athletic freak and supremely confident, AD can relate. Now AD is stuck with a bunch of inferior humans who have yet to evolve physically.
Well, I think it sucks that we had to get rid of him, but it's great that we got something out of it. I've heard it said, and seen and read that this particular draft is devoid of sure-fire, top ten talent, BUT, that there is very little drop off until 25 or 30 guys go off the board. We now have 2 of those talented picks...and some change, the 7th, but I really like the sound of an extra 3rd next year...if the Ponder continues to fail, perhaps, it helps set us up to make a move for a replacement next draft.
And, it opens up options for Free Agency and this draft. I wouldn't mind Wes Welker for a reasonable price, cuz I think we need at least one vet leader in our WR core and this guy would be a good example of a hard working team leader. In the draft there's Tavon Austin and Ryan Swope who have both played some RB and WR. Despite Austin being the more sparkling pick, he also may have Harvin style ego...I really like Swope's consistent production, and, he's built like a Harvin with a bit more muscle and has more routes in his repertoire, tho less experience from the backfield.
But, I think we might actually be moving away from the slot guy being our no.1 option. We already have Kyle Rudolf as a threat in the middle, and some decent slot potential in Wright. What we need to add is a speedy, deep threat WR on one outside, AND a reliable, versatile, runs all the routes guy over near the other sideline.
So, options at each....
Reliable/Route Runner: Gennings, Cruz? (Boldin woulda fit), Keenen Allen, Robert Woods, perhaps, Hopkins?
Speedy/Deep Threat: Wallace, Tavon Austin? Justin Hunter, Ryan Swope, Terrance Williams, Quinton Patton?
In short, the options to fix this are there, lets just hope we see Spielman make it happen! Oh, and a RT apparently!
SKOL VIKINGS!!! GO GET SOME!!!!!
Well, now we need to sign Jennings or Wallace and then draft Tavon austin. He isn't Percy's size but he has his explosiveness and in the second pick up Hunter or Woods.
I think there will be a number of WR's in this draft that will have long term impacts. There will also be a few duds no doubt. Hope we get it right.
Swope is one of the intriguing guys to me. He is one of those guys that flies under the radar, but has always been a real solid producer. He did have some concussions, so a little gamble there. But he is a tough kid and can also block. Projected as a 3rd rounder, but probably go higher based on the buzz.
He also has mad skillz...check out the video if you haven't seen it:
NFL prospect Ryan Swope impresses in trick-shot video - NFL.com
This might be deserving of its own thread.
Vikings grew tired of Harvin complaining about Ponder | ProFootballTalk
If that's really the reason we traded Harvin, for calling a spade a spade, I'm seriously disappointed.
It's now fairly obvious what his problem last summer was too.
Much as I hate to lose the kind of talent that Harvin has, this really had to happen, IMO. He's just not a team player. I'll paraphrase JFK and tell him,
Ask not what the team will do for you. Ask what you can do for the team.
Listen carefully to his comments from Tuesday's press conference in Seattle. There are multiple instances of Percy indirectly slamming the Vikings for not doing things the way he wants. He repeatedly disses on Ponder by praising Wilson for what he supposedly offers. It's subtle and indirect, but very definitely there.
Sorry, Percy, but the talent isn't worth the headaches. (Ours, not yours.)
I don't wish him ill, either, but I'd prefer not to see the Seahawks benefit from this after what they did to us with a certain other WR's poison contract. Why do we even still deal with them, anyway?
Down to it, there are still plenty of options left, both in FA and the draft. We won't be able to solve all of our problems at once, but we can still make positive strides and position ourselves for more improvement next year, when there may be better long-term options available at WR and maybe even at QB. There certainly isn't a better option there this year (unless you think Fitzpatrick is the answer).
Buckle up, amigos. It's going to be a long ride, and probably pretty bumpy, but we'll get through it.
Now who should I believe, fans on forums or a few media people that labeled him as cancer or actual players on our team? Hmmmm! We already know what our star player said & it's well documented that Frasier wanted him back. Add Kevin Williams and others to that list that disagree he was a cancer in the locker room.
Williams said he wasn't sure why the Vikings would trade away a player of Harvin's caliber, adding that Harvin was well-liked in the locker room and some of the receiver's on-field actions, like his sideline rant to coach Leslie Frazier on Nov. 4, were misconstrued.
Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin trade befuddles Kevin WilliamsQuote:
Williams said he never saw the player and coach argue out in the open.
"If it happened, it probably went on behind closed doors," Williams said. He added, "Nobody had any problems with Percy (in the locker room). He went about his business, did his work. Sometimes, his passion for what he did on the football field got taken out of context. He was real passionate about what he did. That's good for ballplayers."
Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin trade befuddles Kevin Williams - TwinCities.com
Who to believe? Star players from the Vikings who are part of that team in the locker room or a bunch of fans calling him a locker room cancer.