Patrick Peterson Draft Profile

CB Patrick Peterson ~ LSU

Measurables
Height – 6’0”
Weight – 219
40 yard dash (combine) – 4.34
3 cone drill (combine) – 6.58
60 yard shuttle (combine) – 11.01

Career statistics
2008 – 41 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 int
2009 – 52 tackles, 2 ints (1 returned for td), 1 kick return td
2010 – 42 tackles, 4 ints, 2 kick return tds

Career accomplishments & awards
2010 1st Team All-American
2010 Thorpe Award winner
2010 Bednarik Award winner
2010 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2009 2nd Team All-American
2009 1st Team All-SEC
2007 High School Defensive Player of the Year (USA Today)

My take
Peterson is not only my #1 defensive back, I have made him my #1 overall rated player in the 2011 NFL Draft. This guy is my pick for NFL DROY (if there is a season). At 6-0 219, his size is incredible. He solidified his status as one of the premier athletes to come out of college in years, running an electronically timed 4.34 at the combine and looking extremely sharp in the drills. Deion Sanders said his backpedal could be a little better, that is about all you can say negative about this guy right now. He sometimes takes too many chances as well but the negatives end there. He has tremendous ball skills, great hands, and lock down abilities. He also is a big time play maker in the return game. The Broncos sitting at #2 just re-signed CB Champ Bailey and he should finish his career in Denver. How huge would it be for Peterson’s career to go there and learn from a guy he surely will be like one day? Champ could show him firsthand the work ethic needed to be a perennial All-Pro and if I was GM Brian Xanders or Vice President John Elway, I don’t know how I would pass on this guy. There is enough defensive line depth to get a guy a little later in the 1st by trading or early in the 2nd. If Denver goes with a bigger need over value, I can guarantee Peterson will not slip outside of the top five. Wherever he goes, that team will get as sure of a thing as there is in this draft.