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Peterson has no doubt he's worthy of a top pick

Adrian Peterson has been ready for the NFL, some say, since his senior year in high school. Yet for all his jaw-dropping skills, some wonder if he's worth such a high pick, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: April 17, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the earliest days of Maurice Clarett's misguided effort to test the rules on draft eligibility, there was considerable debate over whether any high school football player might be able to make the quantum leap, NBA style, from the preps to the pro game.

The athlete most often cited in 2003 as perhaps being NFL-ready: tailback Adrian Peterson, who at the time was preparing for his senior season at Palestine (Texas) High School. He ran for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns that year before ...

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