Louisiana State University cornerback Patrick Peterson opted to forego his senior season and enter the 2011 NFL Draft. He is one of the highest rated prospects on most boards and, perhaps, the best overall talent, regardless of position, in this year's draft pool.
Peterson tallied 52 tackles in 2009 and picked off two passes, one of which he returned for a score. Last season, the junior cornerback snagged four interceptions and finished with 42 stops.
- Impressive athleticism and agility
- Confidence and swagger
- Transitions well out of his backpedal
- Not afraid to make plays in run support
- NFL bloodlines (a cousin to Santana Moss, Sinorice Moss and Bryant McFadden)
- Elite ball skills
Man-to-man press coverage
Where will Peterson be drafted?
- Physical and uses hands well
- Size (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) and speed combination (4.34-second 40-yard dash)
- Position versatility
- Return specialist skills
- Often relies too much on athleticism and needs to become more instinctual
- Zone coverage skills
- A willing but unrefined tackler
- Average lateral quickness
Expected draft placement
Peterson, the 2010 Bednarik (nation's top defender) and Thorpe (top defensive back) Award winner, should be a top-10, if not top-five, draft pick in April.
Do not expect to see Peterson fall past the Dallas Cowboys (No. 9). In all likelihood, either the Buffalo Bills (No. 3) or San Francisco 49ers (No. 7) pounce on this gifted cornerback, but it's possible that he goes as high as No.1 to the Carolina Panthers.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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