Peterson to the Vikings: What They're Saying

See inside for quotes from Vikings head coach Brad Childress and many others experts on Adrian Peterson future in Minnesota. Pictured: Peterson poses for a picture with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shortly after being selected with the 7th pick by the Vikings. (AP Photo)

Vikings head coach Brad Childress...
"We're obviously elated to have this guy. He is an explosive football player that can take it to the house every time from any point on the football field. He has that kind of speed and ability. He's a bright-eyed kid and an explosive kid. We knew we needed explosive players on the offensive side of the footbal. And we got one of the best today. The big thing is that he's got a great, bright-eyed willingness to work. He's not a ‘Hey, I've got all the answers' guy. He a million-miles-an-hour guy. (Running backs coach) Eric Bienemy is going to do a great job of teaching him how to be a pro."

Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy...
"The thing about it, the unique aspect about the kid, is not just the talent but the person that you get, you're getting a guy with great character and a kid that doesn't take anything for granted. When you've got that combined with a player who has the unique physical abilities that he has, I think the sky can be the limit for him. He mentally just has the mindset whereas he always wants to get better. ... He's always been one of the better players regardless of what level he's played at, whether it's high school or college, but the way he carries himself, you would never know that. Because like I say, he's a humble, hardworking kid who doesn't take anything for granted and takes a lot of pride in everything that he does."

ESPN.com's John Clayton...
"While the Vikings have more pressing needs at several other positions, including defensive end and running back, Peterson was too good to pass up on. Peterson is a tough runner who can pick up yards between the tackles and break tackles when he gets into the open field. He has the burst to turn the corner, make the first defender miss and turn on the jets when he gets a seam."

USAToday.com's Sean Leahy...
"The Vikings' pick of the Oklahomas running back is going to make two people very happy -- Adrian Peterson and QB Tavaris Jackson. Coach Brad Childress and GM Rick Spielman appear to be saying they're confident in the second-year QB in bypassing Brady Quinn. Peterson, who has come to the NFL with a medical history that worries teams but with talent out of the backfield that wows them, adds to a running back rotation that already boasts Chester Taylor (who ran for 1,216 yards last season."

USAToday's Nate Davis...
The impact on Chester Taylor, who the Vikings invested in significantly prior to last season, will be interesting to note. He complemented Jamal Lewis nicely in Baltimore for years, but the Vikings may have trouble swallowing paying two "lead" backs big money. And, it remains to be seen, is Taylor going to be OK with this arrangement? Though if Peterson's injury history does come into play, the Vikes are well covered in the backfield."

ProFootballWeekly.com...
"Minnesota has had a tendency to reach for their biggest need, and they could have used more depth in the backfield, but this was clearly a value pick, and an outstanding one at that. If Peterson stays healthy as a rookie, I expect he will not only make more of an impact than any other rookie in the league, he could carry the Vikings to the playoffs and even challenge to knock the Bears off their perch. Peterson is fiercely competitive and will impose his will on anyone who tries to get in his way. He is big, strong, fast, physical and as talented as any runner I've ever seen. The Bears, Packers and Lions cannot like this pick. Having to stop Peterson twice a year will prove to be a tremendous challenge. Barring injury — and it no doubt is a concern given how violent Peterson runs — he will someday be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. From a talent perspective, he is as much of a can't-miss prospect as there is in this draft."

CNNSI.com's Don Banks...
"Even though some draft analysts had him going as high as No. 3 to Cleveland, Peterson's "tumble'' to the No. 7 Vikings isn't a bad thing from this perspective. With Minnesota, which has 1,200-yard rusher Chester Taylor, Peterson won't have to be a workhorse back from day one, and thus will have the time he needs to get his much-discussed collarbone completely healthy. That could end up being the break -- as in some much needed time off -- that his NFL career needed in its nascent stages."

FoxSports.com's John Czarnecki...
"Well, the Vikings passed on Brady Quinn and that's saying something. It means that Miami will be able to sit tight and take him with the ninth overall selection. I'm not a big Tarvaris Jackson fan at quarterback, but before all the collarbone injuries (two of them) Peterson was considered a top three pick with Russell and Johnson. He has been compared to Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson because of his upright running style, although some don't believe he's as tough as Dickerson was. Yes, he's a violent runner, but Dickerson carried the ball a lot in his first three seasons and didn't miss a game while setting NFL records for yards. Can Peterson really match that? But if he can stay healthy, Peterson should be very productive in the NFL because teams won't be able to key on him like they did in college. Remember, the Sooners had no offense other than Peterson.

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager
"Peterson will join Chester Taylor in one of the more dynamic 1-2 rushing attacks in the league. News of a re-broken collarbone in the Fiesta Bowl must not have fazed Brad Childress and co. Good. The thought of Peterson running on that Metrodome carpet is horrifying."

CBSSportsline.com's Pete Prisco...
"I love this kid as a player. He will be special. But how do you pay Chester Taylor big money and look at the void at quarterback and not take Brady Quinn? Peterson will be a great player, but you can't win without a passer."

TheSportingNews.com...
"Vikings RB Chester Taylor had a little trouble holding up with a heavy load last season. That won't be a problem this season. You can expect coach Brad Childress will find a smart way to make use of Taylor's hard running and Peterson's big-play ability, much like the Saints' Sean Payton did with Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush in '06."

NFL.com's Vic Carucci...
"Peterson's explosiveness is a great fit for Brad Childress' offense. Never mind the health concerns. His collarbone looks to be fine, according to everything I have heard from team officials. Peterson's ability to run well inside and outside, as well as his pass-catching skills, will allow him to make an immediate impact on the Vikings."

NFL.com's Pat Kirwan...
"I had the opportunity to talk with Brad Childress about the draft a week ago. There was some excitement then about the potential that Peterson could fall to them. He described him as a game changer and his 41 rushing touchdowns will bring excitement to the Vikings fan base, which has questioned their team's offseason moves. There will be room for both him and Chester Taylor. In addition, his receiving skills are underrated."


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