Peterson in line to be top RB selected

Injury-plagued RB Adrian Peterson has more to gain by entering the draft than returning for his senior year, writes Todd McShay.

Originally Published: October 19, 2006
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
Running back Adrian Peterson's broken collarbone suffered versus Iowa State has expedited the talks regarding his NFL future.

There is an argument to be made for Peterson returning to Oklahoma next season in an attempt to ease doubts regarding his durability issues. This is the second consecutive season that the 6-foot-1, 219-pound junior has missed significant playing time due to injuries, and he also was slowed by an injured shoulder as a freshman.

However, my advice to Peterson is to leave school after this season. For starters, there is no guarantee he can stay healthy next season, so why take the risk of returning? Secondly, his most recent injury happened on a fluke play and should be completely healed in time for postseason workouts, so it should have little bearing on his draft stock. Finally, this year's senior class of running backs is extremely weak.