Friday, March 11, 2011
Patrick Peterson's run at history
By Bill Williamson
Our ESPN blog network has put together some good reading material for the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos will likely consider doing something that has never been done in the NFL’s modern era: taking a cornerback with the No. 2 overall pick.
But Patrick Peterson may be the type of prospect who changes tradition and unwritten rules. Peterson was one of the fastest players at the NFL combine last month and he is huge for a cornerback at 219 pounds. Oh, and he can flat-out play. Mel Kiper Jr. has him No. 1 on his Big Board.
Peterson is expected to be one of the several players Denver considers and there have been many mock drafts that have Peterson pegged as Denver’s choice. If Peterson is the choice in Denver, he’d be a ground-breaker. Just twice in the past 20 years has a cornerback been taken at No. 3 as NFC West blogger Mike Sando points out.
NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas looks at whether Peterson is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.
“Peterson is the best player in this draft, period,’’ Tony Softli, who worked as a high-ranking personnel official for the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams told Yasinskas. “There’s nobody who’s even close.’’
Times may be changing. A cornerback may stand above everybody in the draft. If Peterson gets past Carolina, Denver will have to decide whether to make history.