If Trent Richardson wants to be the next Adrian Peterson, he can start by making the NFL Pro Bowl next season.
He would be the first rookie halfback to do so since 2008.
In the last five years, 23 rookies have earned an invitation to the Hawaiian-themed football party known as the Pro Bowl.
This is how they broke down:
- Quarterbacks—Two (both in 2011)
- Running Backs—Two (2007, 2008)
- Wide Receivers—One (2011)
- Offensive Tackles—Two (2007, 2008)
- Centers—One (2010)
- Defensive Tackles—One (2010)
- Inside Linebackers—Two (2007, 2009)
- Outside Linebackers—Three (2009 - 2, 2011)
- Cornerbacks—One (2010)
- Safeties—Two (2009, 2010)
- Return Specialists—Five (at least one every year since 2008)
- Kickers—One (2007)
The breakdown is very well-rounded and reflects the patterns developing in the NFL today. Quarterbacks are at an all-time premium, and there were two rookie quarterbacks in the Pro Bowl last year.
Running the ball has taken a back seat to passing, and we haven't seen a rookie tailback in the Hawaiian scrimmage since 2008, when Chris Johnson made his debut.
Since 2007, 15 of the 17 offensive and defensive rookie Pro Bowlers were first-round picks in the NFL draft.
Who will they be this season?