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Kiper sees Harvin as second coming of Bush

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

I spent a good chunk of the morning on a conference call with ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. He covered a lot of ground on stuff I'll be writing over the next few weeks.

But I just wanted to share Kiper's assessment of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin.

"He's Reggie Bush as a Saint," Kiper said. "Not Reggie Bush at USC, but Reggie Bush as a Saint."

The translation is that Kiper views Harvin as a guy who can do a lot of different things -- line up at receiver or in the backfield and as a return man. Kiper said that versatility could give Harvin an edge over other receivers ranked near him. The part about USC is a reminder that Bush hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was in college, but still has been able to contribute in a lot of areas in the NFL.

Kiper said he expects Harvin to go in the middle of the first round. The Saints hold the No. 14 pick, but you can scratch Harvin from their list. They've already got one Bush and plenty of other receivers.

But don't rule out Tampa Bay at No. 19. Kiper still thinks quarterback Josh Freeman is a possibility there, but said he might not be ready to start as a rookie. The Bucs could go defense with their first pick. But adding someone like Harvin might make Luke McCown, who already is in place, look a lot better as the starting quarterback.