2020-06-07

PFF: Adrian Peterson highest-ranked former Sooner in All-Decade ranking

Four Sooners were named to the All-Decade Top 101 of Pro Football Focus.

Among those ranked is Lane Johnson, he joins league veterans Trent Williams, Adrian Peterson, Gerald McCoy, PFF’s rankings are based on ‘production, efficiency, and performance.’

At 35th in the ranking, Peterson was the top Oklahoma player ranked by PFF – becoming fifth in career rushing yards (14,216 yards), fourth in career touchdowns (111) in the decade.

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“For him to rank this highly despite being such a limited factor on passing downs just speaks to how devastating he was with the ball in his hands. Peterson’s MVP season of 2012 was the highest single-season grade we ever gave to a running back over the decade,” PFF's Sam Monson writes.

Peterson, 35, begins his second decade in the league with Washington Redskins alongside up-and-coming running back Durrius Guice.

At 59th, Williams, 31, 49ers left tackle earned Pro Bowl honors seven times in the decade with Washington. He has been consistently graded among the top tackles in the league by PFF, never grading below 75 points.

“Trent Williams took a season or so to get going in the NFL — his rookie year earned a PFF grade of just 63.4 — but once he was cooking, he quickly became one of the best linemen in the league. Since that rookie season, he hasn’t earned a grade lower than 75.0 and was above 80.0 for six straight seasons, ” writes Monson.

At 72nd, McCoy, 32, joined Dallas Cowboys to begin the 2020 decade after being selected third overall by Tampa Bay in 2010 NFL Draft.  McCoy earned All-Pro honors, including six Pro Bowls.

“McCoy is one of just five interior defenders to have notched 400 or more total pressures over the decade and was regularly the lone threat along the Tampa Bay defensive line that seemed impressively unable to surround him with any kind of assistance,” Monson says of McCoy.

At 79th, Johnson is the youngest of the four ranked at 30, he has earned All-Pro recognition, including three Pro Bowl selections. His level of play earned him the largest contract for a tackle in league history, a 4-year, $68M extension with Philadelphia Eagles.

“(His) pass protection has been impressive throughout his career — there are games where he has shut down Von Miller — but where he really distances himself from his peers is when it comes to run-blocking. In this area, Johnson was by far the best right tackle of the decade, and only recently retired Joe Staley boasts a better grade among all tackles, ” writes Monson.

What Oklahoma players will be members of the 2020s All-Decade team? The futures of Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, Kyler Murray, and Joe Mixon look promising.

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