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Patrick Peterson (CB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    219 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/4 in.
  • College:
    LSU
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Arizona Cardinals
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 5 (5)

Pick Analysis: The Cardinals forego their quarterback issue to take a potential shutdown corner in Peterson. He possesses rare physical tools for the position and is a playmaker with the ability to generate points as a defender or returner. His addition gives the Cardinals one of the best young, athletic tandems at the position, and enables new defensive coordinator Ray Horton to get after the quarterback with aggressive blitz schemes.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press15.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump38.0 inch
  • Broad Jump126.0 inch
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.07 sec
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Overview

Peterson is built like a safety, has the speed of a corner and is an elite playmaker. He has the explosion and range to play on an island and the instincts to be effective in zone heavy schemes. He has elite ball skills and is a shifty runner that is a nightmare to take down in the open field. He is a supremely confident kid that always looks to make plays, but at times can get burned by ball fakes and double moves. Peterson is a freakishly talented football player and might very well be the first corner back in the draft's history to be taken No. 1 overall.


Strengths

Peterson is a monster corner with good speed. Possesses terrific footwork and the hip fluidity to mirror in man coverage. Displays a strong press and uses his hands to effectively reroute receivers. Smooth athlete that tracks the ball well in the air and has the body control and hands to make interceptions. Willing tackler with sound technique.

Weaknesses

Does not have elite recovery speed and will not always close the gap when the ball is in the air. Over aggressive player that can be beat by play action and double moves. Struggles at times anticipating routes. Lacks the ability to consistently shed blocks in run support.

Grade

8.6

 

Video Playlist

  1. First 24: Peterson visits new home

    Published: May 1, 2011 at 09:45 p.m.

    Follow Patrick Peterson as he experiences his first 24 hours as an Arizona Cardinal.

  2. All access: Peterson on Draft night

    Published: April 30, 2011 at 09:27 p.m.

    Go behind the scenes with Patrick Peterson as he realizes a lifelong dream of becoming an NFL player.

  3. Cardinals take Patrick Peterson No. 5

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 08:44 p.m.

    The Cardinals select LSU CB Patrick Peterson with the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  4. Peterson's showcase

    Published: April 26, 2011 at 03:28 p.m.

    Go behind the scenes with LSU's Patrick Peterson as he shows off his trophy cabinet and his most prized possession.

  5. 2011 Draft Profile - CB Patrick Peterson, LSU

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 02:47 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

  6. First Draft: Patrick Peterson

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 06:08 p.m.

    Meet the Jim Thorpe Award-winning cornerback out of LSU, Patrick Peterson.

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