Titans meet with Florida's Harvin

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:08pm


INDIANAPOLIS - Add Florida’s Percy Harvin to the growing list of wide receivers the Tennessee Titans are interviewing here at the NFL Combine.

Harvin spoke to the Titans on Friday afternoon, among the 11 teams he met with on Friday. He said he would meet with about that many more on Saturday. Harvin also met with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins as well.

The Titans also interviewed Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina on Friday.

The questions surrounding Harvin include how to use him and the fact that he had limited exposure to the routes NFL receivers are expected to run. Harvin worked in the spread option under Urban Meyer for the Gators.

“I did a lot in practice. I ran the digs and posts. We didn’t get to run that much in the games because a lot of them were blowouts, but I’ve done it many times in practice, so I don’t think it will be a hard transition for me,” Harvin told the media here. “At my pro day when I run my routes, I’ll show the coaches that I can do it.”

He also said he cleared up some potential character issues stemming from being suspended in high school and penalized before college and said he believed the teams that spoke to him are fine with his explanation.

The other issue with Harvin is where to play him. Some teams look at him as a slot receiver, while other teams believe he might be more effective as a pass-catching running back type like Reggie Bush.

But Harvin said he believes his is most similar to Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith, and said he thinks of himself as the most explosive player in the 2009 draft.

“I think if I can get the ball in the open field I can make a lot of things happen,” Harvin said.

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