Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Defensive Prospect of the Week: Patrick Peterson CB,LSU

At 6’1, 222, Patrick Peterson has elite size for a cornerback. He is large enough to play safety or even weak side linebacker in a cover two scheme, but Peterson possesses the speed, agility, and change of direction skills to excel at the cornerback position. He has run a laser timed 40 yard dash in 4.37 seconds and has a 39 inch vertical jump. He benches 335 pounds and squats 535 pounds(#mce_temp_url# ). Peterson possesses all the physical tools to become a lock down corner in the NFL. He is big enough to fight with the possession receivers and fast enough to shadow the speed threats. He is also physical enough to get off blocks and help out in the run game. Patrick Peterson is an elite prospect and should go in the top 10 come draft day.
Despite being an elite prospect, at times Peterson has had trouble producing on the field. Through four games this year he has a mere 11 total tackles and two interceptions, with both of his interceptions coming against lowly Mississippi State. Peterson tends to rely on his athleticism too much and forget about technique and scheme. However, these are correctible mistakes and with NFL coaching Peterson should become an elite corner in no time.

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