Vikings coach Brad Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman seemed excited at the drafting of running back Adrian Peterson 10 days ago.
"We are 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 type of speed and ability," Childress said. "We were able to get him in here and spend some quiet time with him, some private time. It's such a rat race at the combine, but (he's a) bright-eyed kid, an electric kid. We are just excited to have him in here, and he and Chester will do a great job in the backfield in terms of changing things up. We knew we needed explosive players on the offensive side of the football."
With time to digest the entire draft and get a look at some of the rookies in limited action last weekend, we take a tour through some of the audio associated with the draft picks the Vikings made, starting with the Childress and Spielman press conference and working our way through the multiple opportunities to listen to Peterson and his family talk.
Spielman and Childress on Peterson:
In his conference call with reporters shortly after being selected, the Peterson questioning about his collarbone injury just got started, but he also addressed the prospects of splitting carries with Chester Taylor.
"It's a team; whatever the team has … if that is to have a running back tandem, then I am all for that. It's all about what's best for the team. They have to get their hands on guys … Whatever it is, I am down for that," Peterson said.
Peterson also addressed his predraft visit to Minnesota, his ability to catch the ball, something he didn't do frequently at Oklahoma, his upright running style and playing for running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who tried to recruit him to UCLA.
Peterson's Phone Interview:
Once Peterson arrived in Minnesota, his parents joined him for a press conference in which they discussed at length the tragedies he's had to overcome in life and the process of waiting for his name to be called while the three of them were in New York.
"It was overwhelming," said his mother Bonita. "You are nervous sitting there praying, sit and wait, so when his name was called, it was an emotion that you just can't explain. It was just so exciting and we were just happy and blessed to be part of the Minnesota Vikings."
And, of course, no press conference with Peterson involved would be complete without more talk of his collarbone. Here is the two-part interview with him and his parents.
Peterson Family, Part I:
Peterson Family, Part II:
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Draft Audio Review: Adrian Peterson
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