With LaRon Landry off the board at number seven, the Minnesota Vikings opted for offense in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, selecting Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson. The selection suggests that the Vikings are confident both that Peterson's health issues are discrete and on the mend and that head coach Brad Childress can modify his two-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense to accommodate the skilled back.
By selecting Peterson, the Vikings passed on two other players who the team either did or should have considered, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and quarterback Brady Quinn. Okoye appears to be the victim of his youth, with many teams apparently concerned about his limited playing experience and tender age, despite his performance on the field. Quinn, meanwhile, continues what could be a dramatic free-fall, despite his and his agent's best efforts to position him as a can't miss prospect.
While the selection of Peterson adds significant skill to the Vikings' backfield, the team still enters 2007 without a proven quarterback and with the promise of starting a quarterback that looked unready for the NFL, at best, starting at the end of 2006. Even with the quarterback issue unresolved, however, the selection of Peterson over Quinn looks like the right decision.
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