Patrick Peterson Headed for 2011 NFL Draft, According to LSU Tigers Teammates

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterNovember 17, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs back an interception against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers' final home game is this Saturday, and it may very well be star cornerback Patrick Peterson's final game in Baton Rouge.

The talented junior cornerback is expected to take part in Senior Day festivities, per LSU middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard's comments to reporters. Running back Stevan Ridley went on to tell the News Star, "I don't think that's a secret. Everybody knows he's going pro." 

Peterson has only had three interceptions, including one last week, but opposing teams rarely challenge him. Peterson is a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (best defender) and considered to be a Heisman Trophy contender.

It is too early to know exactly where Peterson would fall in the 2011 NFL Draft, but we can say with certainty he would be a top-10 pick. There are flaws in Peterson's game, some will point to trouble with Julio Jones, but he has the raw talent to become one of the NFL's best cornerbacks.