7 - Adrian Peterson RB, Oklahoma
BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-American honors since his freshman campaign. Rushing totals last season were 188/1,012/12, with 10 receptions.
POSITIVES: Big, fast ball carrier who can dominate the action. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and finds the running lane, maneuvering through the smallest of holes. Follows blocks anywhere on the field, makes defenders miss and has a burst of speed.
NEGATIVES: Not always super-aggressive and occasionally shows some tentativeness at the point of attack. More of a straight-line runner who does not show great skill around the corner.
ANALYSIS: An outstanding ball carrier with sensational running skills, Peterson possesses all the abilities needed to be a feature runner. Durability issues loom large yet if he stays healthy he is potentially a franchise back for the next level.
Vikings trade second round pick (#41) to Falcons for Falcons 2nd round pick (#44) and
44 - From Falcons
Sidney Rice WR, South Carolina
BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Pass-catching totals last season were 72/1,090/10 after 70/1,143/13 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Fluid receiver with a lot of natural skill. Quickly releases off the line, consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame and beats opponents for the jump ball. Plays with terrific body control and balance.
NEGATIVES: Has a thin build, is not physically strong nor very aggressive. Lacks true downfield speed and a second gear.
ANALYSIS: A natural pass-catcher who has been ultra-productive in one of the nation.s toughest conferences, Rice offers a lot of skill and potential as a number one receiver. Needs to physically mature and improve his route-running, yet could be helped by proper coaching.
Rd 3 - 0
72 - Marcus McCauley CB, Fresno State
BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter and previous All-Conference selection who posted 56 tackles and broke up seven passes last season. Junior totals were 45/1/7.
POSITIVES: Physically gifted cornerback who has previously shown the ability to shut down opponents. Fluid transitioning to run with receivers, diagnoses the action and has a quick break to the ball. Runs with opponents laterally or stays with them down the field.
NEGATIVES: Did not consistently play aggressive football as a senior. Bit on play action passes, pump fakes and showed minimal instincts last year. Slow getting his head back around then positioning himself against opponents to make a play on the ball.
ANALYSIS: After a terrible campaign in which McCauley did not meet the expectations of NFL scouts, he continued his poor play in the postseason. Offers the size, speed and abilities to start in the NFL, yet he must quickly rebound and get his act together.
Rd 4 - 102 - From Buccaneers - Brian Robinson DE, Texas
Rd 4 - 121 - Traded to Denver
Rd 5 - 146 - Aundrae Allison WR, East Carolina
Rd 6 - 176 - From Detroit - Rufus Alexander LB, Oklahoma
Rd 6 - 182 - Traded to Tampa
Rd 7 - 217 - Tyler Thigpen QB, Coastal
Rd 7 - 233 - From Denver - William Chandler WR, Florida International