Feb 26, 2007
The Cleveland Browns officially have a brutal decision to make in regards to April’s draft. Many mock drafts have the Browns taking Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson, and they certainly do need a franchise back. But they also need a QB, and O-Line help, among other things.
Working out shortly after learning his half-brother was murdered, Peterson had a terrific workout at the combine on Sunday. Peterson, a bigger back at 6-1 ½ and 217, ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash. He also logged in a 38.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-7-inch broad jump.
Peterson is viewed as more of an interior guy, a straight-line guy, but that sparkling 40 time will likely make him much more enticing for a team like the Browns.
There is no doubt Peterson has what it takes to be an impact starter in the NFL, if not a spectacular one. But the Browns should pass on him because Peterson is too risky for a team that has been as cursed as Cleveland. Peterson’s numbers as a freshman back in 2004 were sick: 339/1,925/15. But he missed six games last year after breaking a collarbone, and he sat on the sideline for all or portions of four games as a sophomore with an ankle injury. Durability and his ability to make it through a full season as the main guy are big questions with Peterson.
And besides, the Browns have other needs. We’ve seen quality backs slip to the bottom of the 1st round, or two the 2nd or 3rd round quite often these days, so the Browns should use the #3 pick on a franchise player at a position where franchise players are hardest to find: QB or OT.
I still believe the Browns need to take Brady Quinn. Maybe I’m too focused on fantasy, but I think if the Browns got Quinn and then a solid RB prospect like Michael Bush in the 2nd and 3rd round. Then I think there would be a lot of hope and potential for the Browns, what with Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards already on the roster.
Of course, given their luck, if the Browns pass on Peterson he’ll likely stay healthy and win Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2007.