The 2017 NFL Draft continued from Philadelphia on Saturday, and overall, we’re learning a little about how the NFL teams drafting college players view bowl games.
It would appear as though skipping bowl games really doesn’t matter much to NFL executives and GMs. After getting criticized by some for not playing in their bowl games, injured running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey both were selected in the top 10 of the first round. Fournette skipped LSU’s Citrus Bowl win against Louisville, and McCaffrey opted to sit out of Stanford’s Sun Bowl win.
Even the great Adrian Peterson showed signs of rust in his MVP and Comeback Player of the Year-winning 2012 season, totaling 100-plus rushing yards just once in the first six weeks of the season before going on a tear throughout the rest of the year. At that time, Peterson — coming off a torn ACL from the previous season — was just 27 years old. Lynch, at age 31, will certainly need to work out some kinks as he re-acclimates to the NFL.
The last time Lynch played was in 2015, when was limited to just seven regular season games due to a pulled hamstring and then a sports hernia.
In his final season in Seattle, he rushed for a career-low 417 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries. Lynch’s 3.8 yards per carry was the worst it’s been since 2010, sparking questions of whether the back will be able to regain pre-injury form and whether his trademark aggressive style has taken a toll.