Will Adrian Peterson be a Viking in 2015? That is the question on everyone's mind at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and the front office have been outspoken this offseason about their desire to have Peterson back in the mix as soon as possible, and that narrative has continued in Indianapolis.
But there's always a chance things don't go as planned. And if that happens in the case of the Vikings and Peterson, it looks like the team will have some options in the draft.
Speaking with local reporters on Tuesday morning before his annual Combine press conference, Spielman listed positions of strength in this year's draft class and he gave the running back position a particularly strong endorsement.
"I think the running backs, as I stated last month and even verified it even more once we got through the draft meetings, it's one of the deepest running back draft classes I can remember in a while," Spielman explained.
Of course the hope is the Vikings won't need to address that position with a high-round pick, but if they do perhaps they will find another talented young runner to pair with Jerick McKinnon, whom they drafted last year in the third round.
As for the other positions Spielman feels are strong in this year's class, they match up well with areas of the Vikings roster that could use an influx of talent. Many pundits feel the team should improve the protection and weapons around Teddy Bridgewater and some others feel the team would be wise to give Zimmer, a defensive-minded head coach with a history of success with defensive backs, more talent to pair with CB Xavier Rhodes.
"I think there's a pretty good crew of receivers this year," Spielman said. "I think there are some very good offensive linemen. Defensively, there are always going to be good defensive linemen. There is going to be a pretty good crop of corners that are going to come out and play in this League."