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Published on 04/26/2011 at Tue Apr 26 07:30.
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NFL Combine Football

LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The 2011 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and unless they trade down, the Denver Broncos will be selecting second overall. We have been counting down our top seven prospects for the Broncos to select with their first pick.

Number two: LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.  A 6-0 foot, 219 pound defensive back, Peterson is considered one of the top prospects in this year’s draft and one of the best corners to come along in a long time.

A three-year starter at LSU, Peterson won nearly every conceivable award – including being named the 2010 SEC Defensive Player of the Year – and was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy award during his senior season.  Also a return specialist, Peterson recorded seven interceptions during his collegiate career while returning two punts for scores.

Another young prospect (20), Peterson recorded freakish numbers at the NFL’s Scouting Combine for a player of his size.  After running a 4.34 timed forty yard dash, jumping 38 inches vertically and bench pressing fifteen reps, Peterson had impressed everyone.  He is projected to be a top-ten pick and could become the first ever cornerback to be selected first overall in the history of the NFL Draft.

My opinion:  Peterson has the size of a safety (he’s twenty-seven pounds heavier than cornerback Champ Bailey and nine pounds heavier than Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno) with elite speed and is an incredible playmaker – on defense and on special teams.  He is a special player, the kind that does not come around very often.

One of his few weaknesses is his gullibility to double moves and he is sometimes burned – his incredible speed helped him recover when beat in college, but he’ll find the pro game a much faster, higher level of football.  Peterson also played in a zone coverage scheme at LSU and the Broncos will be playing mostly man, he should be able adjust and play both extremely well, however.

Often compared to former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, Peterson has all the potential to go on and have a career similar to Sanders’, concluding with an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  While it’s obviously too soon to predict something like that happening, the Broncos will be kicking themselves for years if they pass on him and he does go on to be as successful in the pros as he is expected to be.

Likelihood of him being selected second overall:  High.  It will be very hard for Denver to pass on such a gifted player, so hard in fact, that they might not be able to pass on him.

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  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    If PP is number 2 who is going to be #1???????????????????????????? The tension is killing me

  • The Mascot Army

    Cam Newton!

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  • 12508

    Take Petterson with the pick!!! He is a shut down CB. Get a fat boy in the 2nd to plug the middle in the second. NFL is a passing league. Yes you gotta shut down the run 1st but its has to happen as a group. Get the best player on the board. Only downside to this pick would be teams are going to expose Champ. Gonna have to live with it for a year. We have a chance to draft a potential HOF. The 4-3 is all about the DE. If you dont have that it wont matter who is playing on the inside. Unless its Hanesworth when he feels like it. Or Suh and he wont be on the board. Lets do the right thing for a change. Lets give Xanders the rest of the week off too!! He has done enough to set us back.

  • crazykid

    Draft Peterson and move Champ to safety this or next season. that takes care of 2 needs!!

  • Laramiefan

    Has anyone thought about the QB on the other side trying to get the ball away every down when Elvis and Marcell are bearing down on them . Well that probably won't happen since Marcell will go to the Panthers with their first pick . The Broncos will trade their first round pick away to the Panthers .

  • Nisse

    xanders wanted to draft bloodlines and didnt wanna trade hillis.

  • Danno

    Draft Peterson and move Peterson and Champ to safety.

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

    On this draft eve eve, I have a feeling that Dareus may go to Carolina making Patrick Peterson the next Denver Bronco.

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    The only thing more perfect than that scenario would be Dareus to Carolina and the Broncos dropping to 5th and still getting Peterson or is that asking a bit too much?

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

    That would be incredible and I will accept that as a scenario :)

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    Ok, I'll email it to Godell and cc Xanders in and tell them both that this is what we've decided.

  • MrEast

    Drafting bloodlines is stupid. Should Denver take Casey Matthews as well? You draft a player cause he's a good player, plain and simple.

  • crazykid

    lol

  • Doom92

    Just heard on NFL-N that it seems the Broncos are looking more at Von Miller than the others. I don't get it??? What am I missing with Miller? I so want the pick to be Dareus and do think he is going to be there but if not then I would say Peterson.

    Again… I've watched his vids and read on him but I don't see it. What am I missing with Von?

  • Doom92

    Seems there is also talk about trading with Shanny… Please don't do it… :-)

  • crazykid

    lol

  • Doom92

    Just heard on NFL-N that it seems the Broncos are looking more at Von Miller than the others. I don't get it??? What am I missing with Miller? I so want the pick to be Dareus and do think he is going to be there but if not then I would say Peterson.

    Again… I've watched his vids and read on him but I don't see it. What am I missing with Von?

  • Doom92

    Seems there is also talk about trading with Shanny… Please don't do it… :-)