6-1 211lbs Junior
2008- 41 tackles, 1 INT, 3 pass defenses
2009- 47 tackles, 2 INTs, 15 pass defenses
Let’s make this simple; Patrick Peterson is the best cover corner in college football. Peterson utilizes his good athletic ability and high football IQ to have a major impact on the field. At 6-1 211lbs he has good size which allows him to match up with different types of receivers. He has excellent top end speed and uses that speed to lock down the opposing team’s top receiver. Last season he held Georgia’s AJ Green to 4 catches and Alabama’s Julio Jones to 3 catches, both players are in the top 5 on our 2011 Big Board. Peterson boasts great awareness that allows him to react quickly on balls in the air. That excellent awareness also comes into play in zone coverages.
Peterson doesn’t have a lot of cons, but there are a few things he could improve on. He needs to continue to work on his back pedal because he sometimes crosses his feet which puts him out of position on plays. The other thing that’s a minor concern is experience. He has only started 16 games and hasn’t been tested a lot because of his superior skills. Teams will often work the opposite side of the field. So Peterson needs to have a healthy season and continue to get reps.
There is little doubt that Peterson will be one of the top cornerbacks this season. He will continue to work against top competition in the SEC which will only enhance his NFL readiness. He is ranked #4 on our Big Board.
Peterson will be a top 5 pick if he chooses to enter next year’s NFL Draft. He is the best cornerback prospect in the country. The fact that Joe Haden went #7 overall only solidifies my stance on Peterson, who is a lot better prospect than Haden.