A partial guest list

March 28th, 2009 – 1:07 PM by Judd Zulgad

In the past few days we’ve written about some of the visits that draft-eligible players will be making to Winter Park early next month. Teams are allowed to bring in 30 players in order to get a final look at them before the April 25-26 draft. However, just because a player is scheduled to meet with a club doesn’t mean that team has any really interest in him.

At times these visits are nothing more than NFL subterfuge. Sometimes the games played at this time of the year can be more interesting then what happens during the regular season (think a Lions-Bengals matchup in Week 12). All of this is a long way of saying that while we are going to list a few players who reportedly are scheduled for visits on April 8-9 don’t put a ton of stock in it meaning the Vikings definitely like the player.

The list comes from a variety of sources (Viking Update and Pro Football Talk are two) and includes wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) and Kenny Britt (Rutgers); offensive tackles Eben Britton (Arizona) and Phil Loadholt (Oklahoma); and cornerbacks Darius Butler (Connecticut), Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest) and Greg Toler (St. Paul’s, Va.).

Another name that appears to belong is Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin, who told the South Florida Sun- Sentinel that the Vikings are among the teams that have him scheduled for a private workout. Harvin and the Vikings were often linked early in this process but just like these visits that means little.

Harvin, a versatile player, scored a 12 on the 50-question Wonderlic test he took during the NFL Scouting Combine, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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