NFL Draft Awaits Patrick Peterson

Possibly the worst-kept secret in college football, it is widely assumed that LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson will be making himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Even teammates have been outspoken about the likeliness of Peterson’s departure, who encouraged him to participate in Senior Day during last week’s contest against Ole Miss. He declined but the chances of Peterson returning to LSU appear to be slim and none.

One of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Peterson has just four interceptions, a product of opposing quarterbacks steering clear of the lockdown corner. The same holds true on special teams, as opposing kickers also usually tend to avoid the special teams speed-demon.

During the spring, Peterson was timed at 4.37 in the forty-yard dash. His combination of size (6’1, 222) and speed is rare. Add into the equation the physical brand

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