LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is the most touted corner since Champ Bailey and has a ton of upside.
The Carolina Panthers have plenty of needs on both sides of the ball and just so happen to hold the first pick.
Many of you might be scratching your head on this, but here are five reasons why Patrick Peterson will be the top pick come April 28.
In 2010 at LSU, Peterson became an elite return man.
Combining kick returns and punt returns, he accumulated 1,350 yards on 58 attempts and took two to the house.
On kick returns, he averaged 29.1 yards an attempt (leading the SEC), constantly giving his team great field position.
With great vision on the field, he could become one of the elite return men in the NFL for years to come.
At six feet tall, he has the size and speed to play both safety and corner.
His press-coverage ability is incredible, as well as his anticipation on routes.
On the other hand, his ball skills are amazing and he is a hawk around the ball.
If selected No. 1, the Panthers can get someone who can play a variety of positions.
As stated in the previous slide, Peterson's ball skills are amazing.
He has a knack for taking great angles on the ball, and his hands make him look like a receiver on defense.
This past season he had four interceptions for 134 yards, ranking eighth in the country in return yards.
With his ability to intercept passes, he also gives you someone who will always make a play on the ball itself and try to break the play up.
Ah, the biggest issue with cornerbacks—tackling.
With his big frame and strong body at 219 pounds, Peterson will get his hands dirty and doesn't mind wrapping up.
Thanks to his strength, he can drag a ball carrier down to the ground. Along with that, his great foot work allows him to break down in the open field and make the tackle.
Every GM and head coach out there is looking for the next Darrelle Revis.
Peterson is already on his way there, as he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2010.
Along with his size, he has the speed to be the next elite shut-down corner. He ran the forty-yard-dash in 4.32 seconds at the combine this week.
With all the skills you look for in an elite corner, Peterson certainly has them all.
But will he be the number one overall pick?