Chad O'Shea, who was a Vikings offensive assistant for three years before joining the New England Patriots as their wide receivers coach in February, might have inadvertently helped Minnesota get Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Patriots worked out Harvin the day after Vikings coach Brad Childress visited him and indicated to Harvin they would draft him.
"New England was right in there. They were right behind us [with the 23rd pick]," Childress said. "No, they didn't think we'd take him [because of off-the-field] issues. Remember, they have our receivers coach there now. So they thought they could hold ... and he'd come to them.
"They were down there working him out the day after I was there. And [Harvin] wasn't supposed to tell anybody, and I was trying to pull that out of him, who that was. So, it was a little cat-and-mouse game that occurred."
After the Love Boat incident and other such past Vikings problems, O'Shea no doubt didn't believe Zygi Wilf and his family would allow the team to draft Harvin, who certainly had some baggage that scared off other teams.
Then Childress learned by talking to his former boss, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, that other teams were trying to move into the Eagles' draft spot at No. 21 to get Harvin.
"So it's interesting, the things you find out after the fact, who was moving, who was shaking," Childress said.Made decision early
Harvin was so impressive in the workout of 30 players the Vikings held at Winter Park a couple of weeks ago that the decision was made to take him in the first round if there weren't further concerns about his character.
Childress also liked Harvin's versatility, saying Florida coach Urban Meyer told him, "I'm not no sure he's not our best tailback."