Does Adrian Peterson drop to the Dolphins?
Four years ago, some scouts were saying Peterson could make the jump from high school to the NFL. Then he went out and rushed for 4,000some yards at Oklahoma and only last month all the draft gurus had this gifted player rated among the top 5 in this coming draft.
But today there is talk that Peterson's stock has plummeted. Suddenly the same folks that ripped Brady Quinn for getting too much credit as a system-quarterback at Notre Dame are ripping Peterson for being a system-running back at Oklahoma.
I don't make this stuff up, folks. I don't have that vivid an imagination.
So all of a sudden scouts and a couple of GMs are saying that Peterson might drop past Cleveland at No. 3 and be available for Miami at No. 9. Their reasoning for such a fall is that the Houston Texans are no longer at the No. 8 spot to catch a freefalling Peterson from reaching Miami.
Yes, the Texans need a running back but four weeks ago they swapped spots with Atlanta in the Matt Schaub trade. Houston is now at No. 10 while Atlanta is at No. 8.
And with Washington (Clinton Portis), Arizona (Edgerrin James), Tampa Bay (Cadillac Williams), and Detroit (Kevin Jones) apparently not in the market for a franchise running back, the chances of Peterson falling to the Dolphins is considered real should Cleveland pass on him.
The only team that would be seriously tempted to take Peterson before Miami, assuming Cleveland passes, is Minnesota. They've got Chester Taylor and Mewelde Moore, both of whom averaged over 4 yards a carry last year. But there is no certainty they'll go in that direction.
This, however, is certain: If Peterson is there, the Dolphins take him, assuming someone like Brady Quinn or JaMarcus Russell are already off the board.
Think that's crazy, considering the Dolphins drafted Ronnie Brown two years ago and are likely to get Ricky Williams back this season? Maybe it is.
But I've been told the Dolphins are not going to fall into the trap of counting on Ricky Williams ever again. They'll love it if he's back this year, they'll love it if he's a solid citizen, they'll love it if he succeeds. But they don't want to depend on the guy.
They depended on him in 2004 and he failed them.
They depended on him for 2006 and he failed them.
Morever, the guy is approaching 30 years old and has missed two of the last three seasons. So there is no guarantee he's the 2001-2002 Ricky Williams everyone remembers.
So what do you think? How would Adrian Peterson suit the Dolphins?