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Published on 01/26/2011 at Wed Jan 26 08:59.
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According to National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson, LSU corner Patrick Peterson is set to meet with an array of NFL teams at the Senior Bowl, one of them being the Broncos. This would be entirely normal if he was in fact a senior. However, Peterson is a junior at LSU and has declared for the draft this year. Despite this technicality Peterson is still down in Mobile, Alabama for this year’s game. Rather than practicing and running drills, Peterson will be shaking hands with NFL coaches and general managers across the league. You got to admire the guy’s ambition.

If Peterson is selected by the Broncos at number two overall, he would the the highest corner selected since Charles Woodson (4th overall, 1998 draft) and the highest corner drafted of all time. This feat would not be at all surprising to Peterson who has said himself that one of his goals is not only to be the highest corner taken this draft, but the highest defensive player as well.

“My goal is to be the highest defensive player and the highest cornerback taken,” Peterson said. “I have to go to this combine and perform well and hopefully I can be a No. 1 pick.”

Some consider a corner at such a high selection would be a reach. However, Peterson is 6’1, 222 pounds, has mach-six speed, and a playing career to back it up. It is not unfathomable that this phenom could win over his doubters. With the uncertainty of Champ Bailey‘s future Denver could in the market again for a #7 wearing college phenom to help change their losing ways.

What do you think Bronco Nation? Are you a fan of Patrick Peterson at number two? Are you a fan at all?

  • mikebirty

    Yes please, sounds good to me.

  • Stapleton29

    Character counts, I haven't heard any negatives on Petersen.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    The conservative side of me says yes, take the most sure fire guy in the draft with this pick rather than going after need. I would be happy with Peterson. The gambler in me says take Fairley (if he's there).

  • stuckinraiderland

    I dunno… to me, our defensive woes seem to start and end every year on the line. I know Champ's future is in doubt but I don't think corner is our number one need right now…

  • MrEast

    I agree with that statement, but I don't see any sure-fire DTs in this draft. There aren't any Suhs or McCoys who will no doubt do the job. I'd rather have a once in a lifetime corner and work harder to find the DT that will succeed.

  • 42n8

    I think we draft Peterson [if Carolina doesn't], sign Champ to a 3 to 4 year contract and move him to safety.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    I'm all for moving Champ to safety, not yet though. He is still a top 4 corner in the league at his age. When his speed starts to go he can move to safety.

  • Paradisimo

    I completely agree. Without a front seven that can get pressure on the QB we could have the two best corners in the league and still suck on defense. We need to sign Champ, trade down in the draft and get an extra top 45 pick. Then we will have 3 picks in the top 45 and can get a DE, LB and CB. That will go a long ways towards shoring up the D.

  • NMBronc

    Completely agree, as well. We have Champ. How has that worked out for us?

    Trade down, draft D-Line or go big in FA and get at least one other body on the line.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    Champ Bailey is still the BEST cornerback in the league. He's just not the sexy pick anymore, that being said, regardless of Bailey's status with the Broncos I want Peterson.

    Want to get excited?

    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • TheTroglodyte

    If we draft Peterson it is Peterson that will need to move to safety. The kid is out of this world from a physical standpoint but he lacks a lot of technique and will get chewed up by NFL WR's.

    He could very easily be a Polomalu kind of guy at Safety though and what a huge boost to our D that would be!

  • herc_rock

    A corner at 2 is a dumb move. D-line or trade down.

  • stuckinraiderland

    I hear your point. All in all, I'm convinced the draft is generally a crapshoot and it's hard to tell if there IS a “better” strategy…

  • MrEast

    As said before, as nice as it would be to have a great front seven it may not be possible this draft. There really is not a lot of depth in terms of DTs and DEs. Why pass up a phenom for a couple of maybes? I don't want Denver to trade down and draft an Aaron Maybin or Jarvis Moss just because it fills a need.

    Remember back in 1984 when the Portland Trailblazers drafted Sam Bowie out of need and next up the Chicago Bulls took a guy named Michael Jordan out of talent. Sam Bowie is considered one of the worst picks in sports history.

    The best sports teams draft by best player available, because if you keep doing so pretty soon you will have all the best players available. Take a look at the Steelers who are known for that draft strategy, they drafted Rashard Medenhall when they had Willie Parker and Mike Wallace when they had Santonio Holmes. Just because you know what you need doesn't mean you'll be able to get it immediately.

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  • MrEast

    As Bronco fans we're accustomed to the fact that it's a crap-shoot. However, that is not the case with every NFL team. The Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Packers, and Chargers seem to draft well every season. The draft essentially is a chaotic gamble, but the best teams see order in the chaos. I really think Denver's best bet it to draft the best available player on the board in all rounds.

  • MrEast

    Drafting D-line at #2 just because you need one is dumb. Also, saying drafting certain positions too high is dumb… is dumb.

    I remember you once said that taking at safety at #11 is way too high. If the 2003 draft was re-done Troy Polamalu would go #1.

    Some say linebackers should never be drafted in the top 10. If the 2007 draft was done again Patrick Willis would be in the top 5.

    In 1998 the Raiders needed a running back seeing how all they had was Napoleon Kaufman and Tyrone Wheatley. Instead of taking Curtis Enis they took Charles Woodson at #4 which was considered way too high. I hate to congratulate the Raiders, but Curtis Enis was a huge bust and Woodson is creating a hall of fame career.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Well said Mr. East!

  • td30ismvp

    Gotta say, I don't care who we get as long as he is an impact player, so tired of trading down and getting second tier projects with “high upside”. If every draft we get one or two quality players and fill the gaps with free agents we can be contenders again. Get a solid system in place with some coaching continuity and then we can win. This is not an overnight project.

  • herc_rock

    No, it isn't dumb. You can cherry-pick certain situations or players who turned out to be under (Polamalu) or over (Enis) valued, but that doesn't change the fact that you probably shouldn’t fork over tens of millions of guaranteed dollars to a guy at a position that doesn’t have that kind of market value. If you re-did the ‘73 draft, would you take Ray Guy first overall? Of course not.

    Now…next year? With a rookie cap in place? Yeah, you snatch the best guy available at a position of need and don’t worry about the rest of it.

    In my opinion, with no cap, there are only four positions worth handing over that kind of guaranteed money to on what is essentially a crap-shoot: QB, DE, OT, MLB.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Who the hell drafts a MLB at #2? That is stupid haha.

  • MrEast

    I get your point financially but I think that still applies to the Peterson pick, if they don't trade down that is. There is no QB need, and no DE, OT, or MLB sure-fire talent for the top 5. All the hyped DTs and DE's this draft scare me. Fairly reminds me of a shorter Haynesworth and Bowers is inconsistent in a terrible conference. I rather have Denver take Peterson #2 and grab Drake Nevis in the 2nd round. I know that's two LSU players but they're both damn good and Drake Nevis is great for the 4-3.

  • herc_rock

    what? I can't tell if you actually think that's stupid or not. I think its kind of an important position…and one worthy of a that kind of money.

  • Vince_marine

    When you say “The gambler in me says take Fairley” does that mean you think Fairley is a gamble? Why? His performance this year espcially in the BCS championship game would say that he is legit.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Do you have a clue how many MLB's have EVER been drafted in the top 5? Importance doesn't matter, all positions are important. No offense but you should do some draft day homework if you are going to spout off about what positions are worth a top 5 draft pick and what aren't.

  • herc_rock

    Typical straw-man bullshit from you. Not surprised.

    And all positions are not EQUALLY important. That's just lunacy.

  • themastermind

    I think that whoever we take at number two – if we stay at two – as long as it's defense, I don't even care. Best damn player available.

  • Kingpins10

    The only reason why Enis was a bust was his knee. He had the talent.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    I agree, Fairley had an awesome championship game. However Fairley and Bowers have been labeled as 1 year wonders thus far. Peterson has an entire career of tape and has been deemed the safest home run in the draft. Many are saying he is a sure fire next Bailey, Revis, Asomugha, Woodson type. When you're picking this high I don't think you can afford to miss.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    Not to pile on Herc, but this draft class is really shallow at MLB no matter how bad we want one. There is no Rolando McClain this year.

  • herc_rock

    At no point did I say that we should be targeting a mike with the #2 pick this year. Never. Frankly, I don't follow CFB enough to formulate any kind of target list or strategy. There's a lot of holes to fill on that side of the ball and hopefully we'll get the right guys.

    My point was that those are the only positions that I personally think ANY team in ANY year should target with the first few picks, given the cost.

  • Wyrob

    I almost agree. I think they should draft the best available DEFENSIVE player in all rounds.

  • Paradisimo

    As long as we don't trade next years #1 pick for a second round pick this year I'll be good.

  • crazykid

    beautiful…
    couldnt agree more w/ what you said

  • crazykid

    walterfootball.com
    his analysis of players is excellent (its his full time job) and he has a link to other mock drafts on the web.

  • TheTroglodyte

    lol tell me how many MLB's have been drafted in the top 5 since 1990??? Why is that so difficult for you?

    It's ridiculous to think that is a good position to draft that high and pay that kind of money for because you can't name any because it's a really stupid position to draft that high for UNLESS you have some otherworldly talent.

    Don't get mad at me because you spouted off nonsense that you don't know anything about and now you are trying to save face. It was a simple question, “how many have been drafted in the top 5″, and you can't answer it.

  • herc_rock

    You took three letters out of that comment and then attacked them, without addressing my original point. That’s the definition of a straw-man and that’s how every argument I have with you goes.

    Then you piss and moan and act like a fucking petulant child. Telling me to do my research and I have no idea what I’m talking about, why can’t you name every draft pick from 1990 on, you don’t know shit because you’ve never played and blah blah blah. You’re like this shrill ex-girlfriend I had.

    Meanwhile dozens of clearly brain-damaged opinions run through here every day without a word from you. Yet you hammer one word out of my comment because you’ve got some kind of beef with me. You’re tiresome.

  • TheTroglodyte

    You are smart enough to know better than the crap you come up with, you simply chose not to know better.

    When you run your mouth about drafting a particular position at #2 and then say another position is alright to draft their that has never been picked #2 either, it is stupid.

    In fact far more CB's have been picked in the top 5 than MLB by FAR. MLB is a much more easy position to fill than CB.

    You are not stupid so I pick on you for making stupid comments. Other people on here that make stupid comments are stupid and it is rude to point out to a stupid person that they are stupid.

    However, it's not rude to tell a smart person they chose to act stupid.

  • NMBronc

    Well let's hope that the best player available one of these years is eventually a D-Lineman, because otherwise we are the Lions.

    We better employ plan B then, and get some DLine in FA.

  • BroncoMan24

    I agree. Kind of on the fence myself. I know in the past I wanted DL, but if we can pick up some quality DL in FA, I would go with Peterson. Just imagine picking up a couple quality DL in FA to shore up the line and having Peterson and Champ in our secondary. A man can dream right?

  • NMBronc

    First, trog….I am smarter than you will could ever hope to be. Idiot? Bring on the IQ test, I will do shooters prior. It is not that simple, so settle down.

    The problem Herc is that you are an idiot, a communist, against free speech, dumb as a box of crayons and worse…not a true broncos fan, :) because you don't agree with the prevailing opinion.

    Sorry, those who run this site and comment on it, but I side with herc. Why? Well let's be honest, while on this site, I am a armchair QB who is doing his best to will the Broncs to win and don't care about much else. I watch the games, throw shit when they lose and watch again the next weekend.

    The D-Line has and will continue to be our downfall. I understand the best avaiable strategy, but we have had a lock down corner and we won less than 5 games this year.

    The experts, ie our coaches will put together a winning team….i hope. Please let that include solid lines on each side.

    Def does not win games, O and D lines do.

  • CJ

    Anyone have a guess on Petersons 40 time??

    imma go with….. hmm 4.25

  • Hackz

    Champ is excellent but in 2-3 years… anyways we need a second corner we seem to get burned in the secondary a bit Patrick Peterson can tackle as well I'd like to have another dominant Corner for another Decade not many teams get to have that option sitting right in front of them.

  • kenny

    i don't ever comment on this but i want patrick peterson. yall keep saying we had a shutdown corner but still couldn't stop the pass. its cause everybody picked on perrish cox! cox is a possible rapist and has mad potential but he was playing like he was still in college. you gotta play the ball when youre trying to defend it or they're gonna throw the flag on you. i watched it happened to cox many a time this year. yea he improved but he was still making that costly mistake too often. i think everybody agrees with me when i say patrick peterson is better than perrish cox. if we can get champ to stay and have him mentor peterson? champ left peterson right? cox nickel if he isnt incarcerated? dawk up top til he retires? where are they gonna throw the ball? im not gonna get into the rest of the roster but with that secondary.. we nice.

  • Hackz

    Champ to Safety in 2-3 years sounds good and yea only when speed goes down having another Corner that can plug into the 1 spot when Champ get injured or take over the number 2 spot. Would be great

  • Guest

    Funny thing, Parrish Cox originally committed to LSU before changing OK State…LSU has been an CB factory for the last ten years..almost every starting CB is playing on Sunday…and some of our nickels (Gay) are getting paid even though they couldn't break the starting line-up…I've watched Peterson play for a couple of years…I know people say you should draft the best player but really how do you know which one is the “best” player…I've seen sure fire picks at every position bust…Peterson is a kid that loves the game, is a great teammate, consistently helped younger players, works hard to get better and is a beast physically…he'll still need some seasoning but what college player doesn't need to adjust to playing at the ultimate level…but he has played some of the very best competition the college game has to offer everyday at practice (LSU has a host of big, big time receivers) and he was matched weekly against the SEC's best receivers…he did get beat occasionally but it was usually a perfectly thrown ball…it happens…if a DC can't find a way to use this kid, 6-1 222, 4.25, productively, then maybe you guys need a change…great measureables, fantastic production against top-notch competition, and a solid, more than solid, player for the locker room makes him the 'best” available…gl

  • Vince_marine

    I agree we can't miss on our picks especially the #2 pick in the draft. However I think we need to go D-line with the first pick. We need to generate a pass rush so that the DB's can be productive. Without the pass rush, it doesn't matter who you put back there.

  • Vince_marine

    I agree we can't miss on our picks especially the #2 pick in the draft. However I think we need to go D-line with the first pick. We need to generate a pass rush so that the DB's can be productive. Without the pass rush, it doesn't matter who you put back there.

  • Dhanuboii

    I too think Cox was attacked alot last year, but he was forced to play in goodmans place. so he was kinda thrown into the mix a lil early.
    i think he will be a beast of a corner next year. I say we draft peterson. put him opposite cox. Champ and dawk in the backfield. the would be an unparralled secondary. McBath wouldnt be a bad choice to put at safety in dawkins place…lets face it dawkins is old and not makin plays like he used to. I would be so pissed if the broncos traded away the pick. I mean seriously stop messin around and take what you can when you can. bailey could even be trade bait for a gamechanging D lineman….who knows?? all i know is I would love to see Patrick in Orange and BLue

  • mikebirty

    everything that has come out of Elway's and Fox's mouth seems to have been about playing safe and not rocking the boat. No cleaning house on the coaching or playing side. Leads me to think they draft safe rather than take any risk at all.

    With the complete dearth of top quality Offensive players at the top end of the draft its a shame that moving back to 5 isn't an option so someone can jump up and nick a QB / RB.