NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson is the first running
back taken in today's N-F-L draft, selected by the Minnesota
Vikings with the seventh selection.
Peterson's last two seasons were marred by injuries after he set
an N-C-A-A freshman record with one-thousand-925 rushing yards in
2004. He scored 15 touchdowns and had eleven games with at least
100 yards on the ground as a true freshman despite a shoulder
injury. Peterson finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that
year before missing huge chunks of time with a high ankle sprain as
a sophomore and a broken collarbone last season.
Peterson still managed to run for over one-thousand yards in
each of his last two years with the Sooners, scoring 26 touchdowns
in the process. He was able to start just 14 games over his final
two seasons, mostly because of injuries.
Peterson is very tough to solo tackle and picks up significant
yardage after contact. But his ability to stay upright during
contact has become a blessing and a curse as he absorbs numerous