The draft declarations are starting to roll in: JaMarcus Russell, Dwayne Jarrett, and, now, Adrian Peterson is expected to announce his eligibility for the NFL Draft (or, as I like to call it, The Best Sporting Weekend That Doesn't Involve Any Actual Athletic Competition).
Considering how tight-assed NFL teams get about the draft -- your stock can spoil faster than Britney Spears' looks if you so much as jaywalk -- it's pretty incredible that someone will grab Peterson in the early-to-mid first round. Peterson has missed an awful lot of games in his college career due to multiple injuries. We're not talking about one sort of serious injury like a torn ACL. We're talking about chronic injuries. A sequence of injuries. A cadre of injuries, if you will. OK, so it's only really been a couple of injuries, but that's a trend nonetheless.
I don't wish injury on anyone, but you just kind of expect Peterson to miss six weeks in his rookie year with a high ankle sprain or turf toe or some unfortunate groin ailment. In short, Adrian Peterson is probably going to be about as durable as Fred Taylor.