2011 NFL Draft: Is Patrick Peterson Really the Safest Pick?

April 7, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As an avid NFL draft follower, I have no trouble admitting that one of my biggest annual pet peeves is when analysts and fans tag a certain player with the “safest pick” label.

If we’ve learned anything from past drafts, it’s that there’s no such thing as a safe college football prospect.

Still, that hasn’t stopped many from bestowing the classification on LSU CB Patrick Peterson this year.

There’s no disputing that Peterson is the best overall athlete in this year’s class. His size to speed ratio—6’1’’ 220 pounds, sub 4.4. 40—is off the charts. But that may not necessarily tell the whole story.

Possessing elite athleticism is one thing, being the best pure football player is another.

Ask any successful NFL player and they’ll all tell you that the jump from from the college ranks to the pro game is a taxing transition, one that involves a great deal of patience, de...

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