With the 2011 NFL draft drawing ever nearer, teams up and down the board are giving more and more indications of their preferences for certain players. Patrick Peterson, the draft's top cornerback, seems to be the latest apple of the Carolina Panthers' eye. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, a former defensive back in his own right, might be a big reason for that shift in the wind.
If Peterson goes first overall, the dominoes start to fall very differently. Until they fall in a more official way, we cannot know very much for certain, but here is a mock draft based on the best of what we know so far about whom certain teams like best.