Scouting Report-Harvin is a super explosive player. He's a little on the slight side physically, but he's so quick and is able to make players miss, so he's able to avoid some of the contact that mere mortal wide outs would have to take. Seriously, Harvin is a bit of a Swiss Army knife with is bad and good. For some creative coaches they can see him taking direct snaps in the backfield, returning punts and kicks, taking reverses as a wide out, and playing in the slot. If you are a coach looking for a wide out who can line up 70 snaps a game, beat the jam at the line, get open and make catched, Harvin may not be your guy. His athleticism cannot be denied, and he has excellent hands, but his route running is less than stellar he's not overly strong and doesn't do much in terms of run blocking.
Draft Status-In a very deep wide out class, Harvin has lost some steam. He's not as big and strong as many of the wide outs in this draft and shows more field speed than track speed. Harvin probably should be a first round pick, but I won't be shocked if he falls to the second. If he does, he'll be a Desean Jackson type of steal for a team.
Final Analysis-Harvin has some legit questions about his ability to stay healthy his ability to take the punishment the NFL dishes out, as well as his polish as a wide receiver. The more I watch Harvin, the more I wonder if his impact as a returner which will be his greatest in the league, is worth a first round pick. Probably not, but as a second, with some gimmick offense thrown in, should still make him a solid pick.
Reminds me of: Devin Hester. You all thought I'd say Desean Jackon, right? I don't think Harvin has the polish as a wide out, to be Jackson yet. I think he's more rough around the edges like Hester as a wide out. Both dynamic athletes who are going to find their way to ESPN highlights at some point. I love to watch Harvin play, so I hope the team that gets him, uses him to his fullest potential.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy