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2011 NFL Draft Profile: Patrick Peterson

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Patrick Peterson of LSU warms up before running a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Patrick Peterson of LSU warms up before running a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Alfie's Player Ranking out of 100
Projected Round: 1

Today continues my countdown to the Top 100 draftable players of the 2011 NFL Draft. We move on to my top ranked player, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Height: 6-1

Weight: 211lbs

PROS: Great size and speed for the cornerback position. Because of his size can match up well with the bigger receivers at the NFL level. Does a nice job of adjusting to the ball in the air. Very tough at press coverage due to his size. Can jam a receiver off of their route with relative ease. Fantastic kick returner and a threat with his ball in his hands after an interception. Has fluid hips and a very good back pedal. Versatile player who can make the move to safety if necessary.

CONS: Much better in man coverage than in the zone. Often caught out of position when playing zone coverage and relies more on athletic ability than instinct. Straight-line speed is great, but really struggles with lateral movement and change of direction.

    DEFENSE
SEASON TEAM   TOT TFL FF INT SK
TOTALS   135 3 0 7 0
2008 LSU   41 1 1 0
2009 LSU   52 0 0 2 0
2010 LSU   42 0 4 0