Nov 4, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
John Schneider and Pete Carroll finally got the #1 receiver they’ve been after since they arrived in Seattle together.
"Pete and I did tell Mr. Allen, when they first brought us together, the first meeting we had we told them ‘We’re gonna add speed to this team, we’re gonna draft receivers and this and that’. Then our first couple draft picks we took Russell Okung, and no offense to Russell but he’s not the fastest guy in the world, and then Carpenter… we finally got our receiver that can run in the first round"
Both talked about Percy Harvin in glowing terms as a “unique skill set and player” in the Tuesday press conference introducing Harvin to the organization. It’s what the Hawks have been about since the two (Carroll and Schneider) arrived. Uniqueness has been cherished and Harvin brings so many elements to a football team, it only makes sense. Once the deal was on the table, there was no question he was worth the #1 pick and more.
On top of that, Harvin is only 24 years old (he’ll be 25 in May), which is younger than Bruce Irvin, Seattle’s #1 draft pick in 2012. Basically, you’re not going to get too much younger in the draft, if at all. John Schneider added another key that made the deal right in their minds:
"In my opinion, he’s one of the top players in this league"
"We always want to make an impact with our first round pick… Really we came up with an opportunity with our first round pick to draft Percy Harvin… It really didn’t have to do with the other guys in this draft, but it was a chance to add to our team, really with a known quantity in this league"
The youtube video with the first 13 or so minutes of the press conference is embedded below. If you want to hear the entire thing, including everything Percy had to say about the Vikings, the 12th man, Russell Wilson and the number change he’ll be receiving (#11) take this link to seahawks.com