Patrick Peterson a first-round lock

Updated: September 27, 2010, 2:30 PM ET
By Kevin Weidl

With the offense struggling, and perhaps headed for a quarterback change, LSU's defense has been forced to carry the Tigers so far this season.

That hasn't been much of a problem, though, thanks to a player on each level of the defense who is impressing NFL scouts and raising his draft stock. Here's how we evaluate LSU's top three defenders at this point.