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Vikings Draft WR Percy Harvin Despite Recent Off-Field Issues
Published April 27, 2009
|Recent Report Says Harvin Tested
Positive For Marijuana At Combine
BUYER BEWARE: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan wrote under the header, "Harvin Just Latest In List Of Gambles By Vikings." Harvin "is a risk," and fans can "worry about his history with drugs, injuries and temper tantrums." But "virtually every draft pick is a risk," and the Vikings "were right to gamble" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/26). ESPN’s Smith said, “Since Brad Childress got their in ’06, his main job -- more than winning football games -- has been cleaning up the image of that organization. … You have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they did their homework on this guy” (ESPN, 4/26). ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Childress in his meeting with Harvin asked him about "all the issues that they have heard about this guy and then (came) away with some type of peace that they can take him." Mortensen: "They obviously did their homework, still buyer beware here" (ESPN, 4/25). Childress admitted that he "might not have been willing to take on a player with Harvin's baggage during the early part of his tenure in Minnesota" (ESPN.com, 4/26). NFL Net's Mayock said of the selection, "That is a bold, bold move" (NFL Network, 4/25). In St. Paul, Tom Powers wrote of Harvin, "With your future on the line, who chances toking up like that before the combine? That's not real smart." But a college student smoking pot is "no big deal" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/26).
Tate Says Testing Positive For Marijuana
At Combine "A Mistake"
BENGALS NOT WORRIED: The Bengals Saturday drafted OT Andre Smith and LB Rey Maualuga, both who have dealt with off-field issues, and YAHOO SPORTS' Matthew Darnell wrote with the "character problems that have plagued" the Bengals, they "might occasionally want to think about that during the NFL Draft" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/26). But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of selecting Smith, "We didn’t have any hesitation. We discussed this very thoroughly" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/26).
WHAT A CHARACTER: In California, Loren Nelson examines Chargers first-round pick LB Larry English under the header, "Character Quality Key Component of Chargers' Top Pick." It is "not often that a top draft pick and instant multimillionaire travels halfway across the country for a one-day meet-and-greet with his new employers and brings his parents, younger sister, grandfather, aunt and uncle along for the ride." But English's visit was a "touching scene" and "came off as genuine." Chargers coach Norv Turner said English is "as good a person as you are going to want to have on your football team" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 4/27). Meanwhile, in K.C., Kent Babb examined Chiefs first-round pick DE Tyson Jackson under the header, "Chiefs Go For Solid Citizen In Jackson With Top Pick" (K.C. STAR, 4/26).