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February 21, 2007

Can Peterson really go All Day?

Adrian Peterson is ranked below Cal’s Marshawn Lynch on some draft boards.

The reason?

Not only does the Oklahoma running back have durability concerns -- having injured his shoulder, ankle and collarbone in his career -- but he hasn’t shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield.

With only 22 catches for 189 yards and one touchdown in three seasons, some scouts are wondering if he can be an every-down back.

"Adrian has breathtaking ability, but is he going to be durable enough to take the pounding in the NFL?" asked Mike Mayock, a draft analyst for the NFL Network. "I heard he’s going to weigh in at about 214 pounds. He’s a cut, lean guy, and 214 [pounds] is pretty light for a guy that tall. ... You compare him to Marshawn Lynch who is going to be 230-something and caught four times as many passes in his career who is probably going to run in the 4.4s at 230 pounds."

Lynch caught 34 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns last season, giving him 68 catches for 700 yards and six touchdowns.

-- Charean Williams

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