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Rumors from The General

From John McClain's latest NFL blog entry at the Chronicle:

Someone well-connected with the Browns has convinced me that they want Adrian Peterson desperately, which depresses me. I was hoping the Oklahoma running back might slip through the cracks and fall to the eighth spot so the Texans could get him, but now I don't think so.

Here's what has to happen: If JaMarcus Russell ends up going first to the Raiders, Brady Quinn has to impress the scouts so much before the draft that the Browns just have to have him. Quinn is from Columbus, Ohio, and makes no secret of his desire to play for the Browns. If you're like me and you want the Texans to be able to draft Peterson, you need for the first three picks to be Russell, Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas and Quinn. And it doesn't matter who takes whom. If you're like me, you want Quinn to enhance his ranking before the draft.

I'm not 100% convinced that running back is the best direction for the Texans to take at #8 in the first round, but if Peterson's there, I would 100% support his selection.  If Peterson's not there, and I will be very, very surprised if he is after all of the workouts and combine are said and done, then I may advocate for the Texans to trade down to the #12-#15 range, add a pick, and take the best available DB/safety (Nelson or Landry, preferably).