Scouting Report: Draft Expert on Adrian Peterson

Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson, who is 5-10 214 pounds, had a forty time of 4.73 seconds.

STATS & BIO: Younger brother of Indianapolis Colt linebacker Mike Peterson and one of the most prolific runners ever in Division I-AA. Finished his senior campaign rushing for 322/1,795/5.6/21, catching five passes and being named to the All-Conference team. All-Conference again as a junior when his rushing totals during the regular season were 230/1,361/5.9/13. Sophomore totals on the ground were 248/1,807/7.3/29 when he caught a career high nine receptions. Broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and proceeded to register a career best 257/1,932/7.5/25 rushing. Has added an additional 2000 yards on the ground the past four years when you factor in playoff games.

THE GOOD: Hard working runner best between the tackles. Runs with forward lean, strong in his lower body and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Displays vision, sees the field, and finds the hole. Follows his blocks and displays some quickness through the running lanes. Falls forward when being tackled, picking up the extra yardage and works his runs. Blocks with solid fundamentals in pass protection, aware of his assignments and looks for someone to hit. Rarely used as a receiver in Georgia Southern's running offense but displayed pass catching skills at the Senior Bowl. Not big, fast or shifty.

THE BAD: Lacks elusiveness carrying the ball, not one to make something out of nothing nor is he a back with the ability to turn the corner or run to daylight. Besides catching the ball rather non-descript during Senior Bowl week and did not have the performances needed to elevate him into the draft's first day at the combine.

THE SKINNY: A situational runner or short yardage back placed into a lineup to give the feature runner a breather on occasion.

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