[quote="Tim Cady"]Ricky wasn't event he first Running back taken the year he came out! Edgerin James was. There were teams that liked Edge better than Ricky. So what if Philly fans thought he was the second coming. You are remembering the outrage of taking Donovan over him. Ronnie Brown was interchangeble with Cadilac and Cedric. Peterson was the next Earl and Walter rolled into one. You are right about him falling because of fear of injuries. It is all perception, my perception is that Adrian was a steal at 7 and if he would have come out the Brown year, he would have been taken 2nd. It is not all perception. Ricky Williams was rated as a much better prospect than Peterson. Look up Blesto or any of the services.
Peterson has huge potential, but is beat-up and prone to injury.
Peterson did come up huge at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, retaining his spot as the top-rated running back and figuring a very likely top-10 pick in the NFL Draft on April 28. He was strong, broke 4.4 in the 40 and was impressive in every way. There has been talk of him going as high as third to the Cleveland Browns. Then again, he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really care where he goes. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ready to move to the next level and dispel the concerns over injuries that have tainted an otherwise spectacular career. There was a shoulder injury, a bad high ankle sprain, and last season he missed a considerable amount of time after suffering a broken collarbone.
Positives Peterson can be an absolute workhorse, the rare kind of back who has the ability to take an offense on his back and carry it. His talent is undeniable, with the ability to lower his shoulder and punish a defender, or to turn his feet and dash around one. Almost unparalleled vision, and runs hard all over the field, then harder near the end zone. That's a rarity among runners these days. Negatives As amazing as he is, Peterson does have some rough spots. He's missed a lot of time with shoulder and ankle issues, particularly a high ankle sprain that keeps seeming to pop up. Between that and how hard Oklahoma used him, there is concern that he may not last long in the NFL. His skills as a receiver out of the backfield are a work-in-progress at best, and his blocking ability can be pretty laughable at times
quote: NFL_Draft_Preview_By_Position_Busts_Quinn_Peterson_and_Sleepers I just don't see him rated like Ricky was.
Running Back BUST: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma A player living on the hype of his unbelievable freshman campaign, his injuries have to be a serious question for whoever drafts him, especially with a top ten pick. If he is able to ward off the injury bug and put everything together that he did two years ago he will be worth it but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t count on it. You also have to consider the fact that his replacement, Allen Patrick, racked up games of 110, 157, 167, and 173 yards. Maybe some credit should be given to PetersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s line.