Vikings interested in small-college wideout

WR Pierre Garcon (Mount Union photo)

Not many NFL prospects hail from Mount Union College, a private liberal arts college located in Alliance, Ohio. But there is a player in this year's draft pool being noticed by NFL scouts, including the Vikings. Find out more...

Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon met with the Minnesota Vikings during interview sessions at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Garcon is indeed an intriguing prospect who would very much appear to be a potential fit for the Vikings.

Garcon (6-0, 209) has forty times ranging from 4.37 to 4.64 heading into his workout at Indianapolis.  Garcon has all the tools to develop into a productive West Coast Offense receiver due to his stature and impressive run-after-the catch ability.  The other big bonus is his return ability, where he would have a legitimate opportunity to take over the team’s primary punt return duties should running back Mewelde Moore indeed sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Another aspect to the scouting report on Garcon that makes him a viable prospect on the Vikings’ draft board is his character, an area where he will get high marks.  Garcon is mature, humble, well-grounded young man with solid values and character.Pierre Garcon

Mount Union is a very successful (nine-time National Champions) Division III football program.  Mount Union is proud of its religious heritage and its background in the Methodist Church.

Garcon had a very productive college career with the Purple Raiders as a three-year starter.

He caught 67 passes for 955 yards (14.3 avg.) and 14 touchdowns as a senior (2007), including a 65-yard longest.  He also rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries from scrimmage (5.5 avg.) with two more scores.

As a junior (2006), he caught 67 passes for 1,212 yards (18.1 avg.) with 17 touchdowns and a long of 82 yards.  He also rushed the ball 7 times for 106 yards with 2 TDs and completed one pass attempt for an 18-yard touchdown.

As a sophomore (2005), he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards (17.6 avg.), 16 TDs and a long of 92 yards, while gaining nine yards on his lone rushing attempt from scrimmage.

Garcon began his college career out of John I. Leonard High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. at Norwich University (2004) in Vermont, where he averaged 101.7 receiving yards per game as he caught 44 passes for 1,107 yards (23.1 avg.) and 13 touchdowns en route to earning First-Team Empire 8 honors.

In occasional return duty in college, he averaged 10.0 on ten punt returns and 20.0 on 20 kickoff returns, including an 80-yard touchdown.

He was also an AFCA All-American in track:  First-Team All-Ohio in '06.  2006 Outdoor Nationals member of National Championship 4x100 relay (40.30).  2006 OAC Outdoor second-place finish in the 100-meter dash (10.65); placed second in the 200 meter dash (21.83), and a member of the Raider Champion 4x100 relay unit (40.64) in '06.

Garcon made his first step toward enhancing his NFL Draft value at the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game in early February.  He played for the “Nation” team coached by former NFL coach Buddy Ryan.  In the game, he caught 3 passes for 23 yards and returned two punts, including a sideline-to-sideline return for a 62-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Here’s a YouTube clip of that return to give you a better idea about his quickness, speed and athleticism on the football field.

Garcon’s agent is Brad Cicala from Terra Firma Sports Management.

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