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Patrick Peterson Headed To NFL

BATON ROUGE (CBS4) - Former Ely High star and LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson declared that he will forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Peterson is coming off a phenomenal season that saw him win some of the top accolades in college football. Peterson, who is 6'1" and 222 pounds, was a 2010 Consensus All-American, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.

In addition, Peterson was named the Jim Thorpe Award Winner which recognizes the top defensive back in the nation each year; and won the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the country's top defender each year.

Peterson is the only player in LSU history to have scored a touchdown on an interception return, a blocked field, and a punt return.

Given his size and speed, Peterson could be the second player chosen in the NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos have a glaring need at cornerback as one of their corners could be going to jail, and the other, Champ Bailey, wants to change position to prolong his career.

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