There's little doubt Harvin would make the Panthers elite, but at what cost? (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Percy Harvin would be an amazing addition to the Carolina Panthers. He's young, explosive, and is ostensibly the player Carolina are hoping to unearth with the bevy of UDFA receivers they're working out. Put him in the slot and the Panthers unquestionably have one of the top three offenses in the NFL, and it would be the final piece needed to take an excellent offense, and make it elite.
Here's the kicker--the price. You're looking at a player viewed as one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the NFL next to Darren Sproles, a near 1,000 yard receiver and he's only 24 years old. Prior to the draft we saw Brandon Marshall attract a price of two third round picks in a fire sale, and Marshall is four years older. Based on this alone analysts are predicting Harvin will cost a team trading for him a 1st round pick, and someone like Houston who missed out on an elite WR in the draft could easily be willing to meet that price.
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Harvin is hungry to be on a team where he can play a bigger role, and basically wants the job Steve Smith already has. It's almost a lock that wherever he goes he will be a future #1 receiver, but I can't imagine the Panthers stepping out on another player trade to bring him into the fold. Supposing Carolina traded their 2013 1st round pick for Harvin it would result in a draft without a 1st, or 3rd round pick (given up in the Frank Alexander trade).
For an organization who are building through the draft, and putting the finishing touches on the overall plan it's a hard sell to spend next year's 1st on an offensive player before the Panthers really know what they have at DT, DE, CB or S. They need another year to evaluate these positions, and see where the upgrades are needed.
In a perfect world the price would be right, but I find it hard to imagine Percy Harvin will be in the ballpark for what the Panthers are willing to offer.