We all know that Percy Harvin is one of the most dynamic and most versatile young players in the National Football League, able to be a threat from the wide receiver spot, the running back spot, and especially on kickoff returns. ESPN put together a list of the 10 most versatile players in the NFC for their In$ider page, and they placed Harvin second on their list, behind only Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints*.
Here's what they had to say about Harvin:
He is one of the most dynamic athletes in the game, and the Vikings get him involved in a lot of areas. He is at his best as a slot receiver using his quickness and explosiveness in space, as evidenced by his 87 receptions last season. However, he is also effective when he lines up in the backfield as a running back, showing excellent run instincts. He could even run some type of Wildcat package with Adrian Peterson and Joe Webb, though the fear for him is always injury. Harvin is great in motion schemes as well as on screens, draws and reverses. He is also a dynamic kick returner, but the coaches would like to lighten his load on special teams.
How good is Harvin? Well, Evan Silva, one of the lead writers for Rotoworld, made what I thought was a pretty bold declaration on Twitter a little bit ago.
Wes Welker is generally considered NFL's best slot receiver, but he's not. It's Percy Harvin. I'd wager #Patriots would take Harvin, too.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) June 14, 2012
Yeah, I'm sure it will sound sacrilegious to some to put Harvin in a category with someone like Welker, but he certainly has the potential to get to that point. According to Silva, after Christian Ponder took over last year, Harvin had 723 yards and 7 touchdowns in the last seven games of the year, a pace that equates to 1,653 yards and 16 TD over a full season. Hopefully those two can form an even more dynamic duo in 2012.