Top-10 Talent Among Visitors

The Vikings hosted potential draft picks with various values this week, but there was little questioning where one of those offensive talents fits – right at the top of his position.

Try to publicly predict the draft and you can look like a fool.

But there is one draft-day scenario that could come to fruition that goes something like this: Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson falls to the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh pick and they select him despite already having Chester Taylor on the roster and many more pressing needs.

The Vikings selecting Peterson if he is available may look even more likely after Scout.com's Denis Savage confirmed that Peterson was among the dozens of visitors the Vikings had at Winter Park this week.

NFL teams are allowed up to 30 official visits, which don't include local visits, and Peterson might be the most likely of the six "blue-chip" prospects to fall No. 7 with his history of injuries.

None of those injuries are considered serious or likely to recur – he suffered a shoulder injury in 2004, a high ankle sprain in 2005 and a broken collarbone in 2006 (no knee injuries). The last one took a season in which he was considered a preseason Heisman favorite and sidelined him for much of it.

Still, the 6-foot-1½ , 217-pounder rushed for 4,306 yards and 41 touchdowns in his three injury-shortened seasons. His best season was his first, when he rushed 339 times for 2,040 yards and 15 touchdowns.

To be limited by injuries and run for all those yards, Peterson would have to be tough, and that is part of the reputation he received with the Sooners, fighting for the extra hard yards. He can also find enough burst to get to the outside. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February (tied for best among RBs), with a 38½-inch vertical jump (second) and a 10-7 broad jump (tied for first).

The one question about him (besides the different injuries) was his pass-catching ability, as he wasn't featured heavily in that part of the game at Oklahoma. However, he displayed good hands in his offseason workouts and eliminated most concerns about that.

Just how much he impressed the Vikings Thursday remains to be seen.


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