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Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer says Percy Harvin 'has got to be in the right place'

GAINESVILLE -- So, people are talking about Percy Harvin these days and it isn't good. Here's what ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay had to say recently about Harvin:

"In addition to concerns about drug us, coachability, and lack of respect for authority, teams are reportedly worried that Harvin has a huge ego and lives in 'Percy Harvin World.'"

Ouch! Talk about character assassination. Percy Harvin World? Is that like Disney World? Or maybe Willy Wonka World. Do the schnozberries taste like schnozberries? Todd McShay lives in the ESPN Bubble World if that's his best analysis of Percy Harvin. What a hack job, right? McShay doesn't have any sources in Gainesville. And name five wide receivers as good as Harvin or better who aren't prima donnas.

Florida coach Urban Meyer defended Harvin on Monday when asked by The Miami Herald if Meyer is "going to bat for Percy Harvin with his character coming under attack."

"If I get phone calls, which I have got some phone calls about him, and all I know is what I know and I share it with people," Meyer said. "We won two national championships around here; we won 44 games--most in the SEC in that time period--and some of the greatest years in the history of Florida football. I was on the sideline when the guy--I know exactly his competitive nature of what we're dealing with--and Percy is an extreme competitor."

Meyer then added this important caveat: "He's got to be in the right place, though. I think he'll be a great NFL football player. I just hope he goes to a good team with good coaches." 

Hmmm, OK, so Meyer didn't exactly defend all these knocks on Harvin so much as Florida's coach laid out why Harvin is a really good football player. Not to put words in Meyer's mouth, but I'm assumig him pointing out the Gators' record is proof enough that Harvin's character should not be a concern. After all, if Harvin's character was THAT bad, then he wuldn't have played in those games, right?

If you're a Dolfan, would you like Sparano, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland taking a chance on Harvin in the first round? Terrell Owens, who lives in T.O. World, played pretty well for the Cowboys when Sparano, Ireland and Parcells were in Dallas.



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Harvin is not T.O. and while T.O. did play well while those guys were in Dallas, none of them wanted him there.

As a Gators fan, I'd love it if we signed Harvin. As a Dolphins fan...I'd like it...I'd be mad if we passed on him...but I don't think it would necessarily be the best move or fill the team's biggest need, which is CB.

Just a guess, but I'm pretty sure Parcells will consider drafting Harvin (alleged warts and all) if he's going to be as good as Terrell Owens.


I hope so.

I dont get it. Either UF hid all of these character issues from everyone during his college career, or he is getting smeared so that he drops in the draft. I have never seen a kid who never appeared to have an issue in college get destroyed by the media like this.

Whatever world he live in he delivered every Saturday, with some of the best hands in college football and come on, I love Tebow, but his passes aren't always the easiest to bring down. Interestingly enough, he never seemed to have much personality problems in Florida, with a relatively demanding coach.

If he delivers the same athleticism in the NFL any team would be likely to have him.

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