Will LSU DB Patrick Peterson be the First Ever Corner to go #1 Overall?

March 21, 2011 | Brian Billick

Going into the NFL Combine, everyone had Patrick Peterson as the best DB available in the upcoming draft.  The only thing the 6’0 219 lbs Peterson did that week, was remind everyone how special he may be.  In my very first mock, I listed Patrick Peterson as my #1 overall pick to Carolina – not because I believed Carolina was absolutely going to pick him, but because Peterson is the cleanest player in the draft.

Peterson is going to be an elite player in the NFL, I am just not sure that it will be at Corner.  While I think he could be an impact CB that has the potential to shut down a given team’s #1 receiver each game, he may even be more impactful as a playmaking safety.  With his size and 4.34 speed, he has the range to make plays from sideline to sideline, and playing safety wouldn’t limit that ability to just one half of the field.

Peterson shows great awareness and anticipation in pass coverage, both man and zone.  He easily flips his hips and shows an elite explosive burst to make a play on the ball.  He has the athletic ability to control his body at full speed which allows him to track the ball flight and make plays at its highest point in the air.  Additionally, Peterson is going to make an immediate impact int he return game as well.  Last year, only returning kicks and punts (not any offensive plays), Peterson had the 4th most total yards in the SEC.

The only question now is, will Peterson be the first DB ever taken with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.  If not, look for him to land in San Francisco or Dallas.