Vikings fill multiple needs with first-round draft picks
The Minnesota Vikings chose Percy Harvin, a wide receiver from Florida, at No. 22 in the NFL Draft on Saturday, reported the Star Tribune.
They also chose offensive tackle Phil Loadholt with the 54th pick in the second round. The former Oklahoma player will join Bryant McKinnie at 6 foot 8, 330-plus pound tackle to give the Vikings one of the biggests set of tackles in the NFL, according to the Pioneer Press.
Coach Brad Childress and player personnel vice president Rick Spielman both believe their first draft day could not have gone any better, reported the Pioneer Press.
Harvin was one of the most explosive playmakers in college football last season, and by many considered to be a top-10 pick. Although there were issues around his character and behavior that concerned many teams, the Vikings believe in Harvin, reported the Pioneer Press.
"We felt comfortable enough that he was just too explosive of a playmaker and too hard to pass up where we were picking," Spielman said, according to the Pioneer Press.
With the first day moves, the Vikings not only fill their two most important needs, but they also land a player capable of scoring touchdowns and selling tickets, reported the Pioneer Press.
Loadholt, a sound choice and addition to the team, will have every opportunity to compete for a starting position, while Harvin is expected to step in and be a major threat right away, reported the Star Tribune.
"He's going to really help our team, and we're looking forward to it," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. "We have to strike when the iron is hot, and I think now is the time to do it. We're very happy to be able to pick [him] at this time."