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Pre-Draft Skill Player Top 12s (Rotoworld) ( today ) Courtesy of
Nick Mensio breaks down his top 12 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Yahoo! Mon, Apr 27
 
Is Vikings' latest Adrian Peterson threat legitimate or a leverage ploy? (Shutdown Corner) ( today ) Courtesy of
Of all the players who will be talked about this week of the NFL draft, the one who might get the most attention could be a 30-year-old running back. Realistically, the Adrian Peterson saga has to be resolved this week. The Minnesota Vikings' only reason to trade him now would be for a nice draft haul. Once the draft passes, there's no great reason to move Peterson anymore, unless some team is willing to sell off its 2016 draft. [Which teams are in play for Peterson? Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson breaks down all the possibilities here.] NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing "the word coming from Minnesota," says that Peterson will "play for the Vikings or no one" in 2015. So, let's presume that comes from someone with the Vikings (I don't think Prince or Joe Mauer is "the word coming from Minnesota"). Are the Vikings leaking that to put the screws to other NFL teams, or to Peterson? My thought has been that Peterson can complain and ask his way out of Minnesota, but he has no leverage. Unless we think Peterson would pass up $12.75 million in base salary and sit out a second straight season in his prime, it doesn't really matter if he wants to play for Minnesota or not. The Vikings hold all the cards. The cap savings wouldn't do the Vikings much good at this point in the league year. Selling Peterson off for a mid-round pick wouldn't make them a better team. And if you saw the Vikings by the end of last season, you knew that they have good reasons to be optimistic about being a winning team this season. They're not better with Matt Asiata at running back than former NFL MVP Peterson. The Cowboys haven't gotten involved in any Peterson trade talks, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported . Dallas doesn't want to be a part of the Peterson sweepstakes at the price the Vikings want, Robinson reported. Furthermore, the Cowboys have shown no interest in even talking to the Vikings about Peterson, Robinson reported. There's still time. And the Cowboys could draft Jay Ajayi or Ameer Abdullah or whoever, but it's a stretch to think any rookie back would be better for a team coming off a 12-4 season than Peterson.  Robinson's report also identified Tampa Bay as a possible landing spot for Peterson, with the Buccaneers holding a high second-round pick that could satisfy the Vikings' demands. That would make sense for both parties. The clock is ticking. The Vikings' stance that they'd rather Peterson sit out all year than trade him on the cheap is smart. It wouldn't help their leverage to say anything else. Now the question becomes: With a week to go, is anyone going to pay Minnesota's asking price for one of the greatest running backs ever? - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab Yahoo! Mon, Apr 27
 
Mock draft: Jameis Winston to Bucs to start NFL draft (The Associated Press) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL draft heads to Chicago this year, with the top overall choice in our mock draft not planning to be on hand. No matter: Tampa Bay will already have let its selection know when the crowd in the Windy City gets, uh, wind of the pick. Yahoo! Sun, Apr 26
 
Who is really in play for potential Adrian Peterson trade? (Yahoo Sports) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
The Cowboys haven't reached out to the Vikings. Meanwhile other suitors' draft positions might not be strong enough. Yahoo! Sun, Apr 26
 
Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
The hat-and-hug routine with the NFL commissioner that has become a rite of passage for many college football stars on draft night is not for everybody. ''I know that the draft is really a great event and a great thing to go to,'' said University of Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, a potential first-round pick who declined an invitation to attend the draft in Chicago next week. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper all plan to skip the spotlight. Yahoo! Fri, Apr 24
 
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Teddy Bridgewater Louisville
 
 
 
 
 
Shaun Hill Maryland
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Kafka Northwestern
 
 
 
 
 
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Matt Asiata Utah
 
 
 
 
 
Joe Banyard UTEP
 
 
 
 
 
DuJuan Harris Troy State
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Josey Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Zach Line Southern Methodist
 
 
 
 
 
Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern
 
 
 
 
 
Adrian Peterson Oklahoma
 
 
 
 
 
Dominique Williams Wagner
 
 
 
 
 
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Jalil Carter Akron
 
 
 
 
 
Kain Colter Northwestern
 
 
 
 
 
Donte Foster Ohio
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Johnson Grand Valley State
 
 
 
 
 
Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee
 
 
 
 
 
Adam Thielen Minnesota State-Mankato
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Wallace Mississippi
 
 
 
 
 
Jarius Wright Arkansas
 
 
 
 
 
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Brandon Bostick Newberry
 
 
 
 
 
Rhett Ellison USC
 
 
 
 
 
Chase Ford Miami (FL)
 
 
 
 
 
Kevin McDermott UCLA
 
 
 
 
 
Ryan Otten San Jose State
 
 
 
 
 
Kyle Rudolph Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
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Blair Walsh Georgia
 
 
 
 
 
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Chigbo Anunoby Morehouse
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Crichton Oregon State
 
 
 
 
 
Isame Faciane Florida International
 
 
 
 
 
Sharrif Floyd Florida
 
 
 
 
 
Everson Griffen USC
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Johnson Southern Mississippi
 
 
 
 
 
Linval Joseph East Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Leon Mackey
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Robison Texas
 
 
 
 
 
Shamar Stephen Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
Justin Trattou Florida
 
 
 
 
 
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Anthony Barr UCLA
 
 
 
 
 
Audie Cole North Carolina State
 
 
 
 
 
Chad Greenway Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Gerald Hodges Penn State
 
 
 
 
 
Josh Kaddu Oregon
 
 
 
 
 
Casey Matthews Oregon
 
 
 
 
 
Michael Mauti Penn State
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Peters
 
 
 
 
 
Caesar Rayford Washington
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon Watts Georgia Tech
 
 
 
 
 
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Robert Blanton Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Ahmad Dixon Baylor
 
 
 
 
 
Antone Exum Jr. Virginia Tech
 
 
 
 
 
Taylor Mays USC
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Munnerlyn South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Terence Newman Kansas State
 
 
 
 
 
Shaun Prater Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Jabari Price North Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Xavier Rhodes Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Josh Robinson UCF
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Sendejo Rice
 
 
 
 
 
Marcus Sherels Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
Harrison Smith Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Demarcus Van Dyke