Mayock: Patrick Peterson could be an All-Pro safety

Among the most alarming terms that can be associated with a cornerback is “stiff,” referring to the inability of the defensive back to fluidly flip his hips, run and cover a wideout.

On Thursday’s NFL Network conference call with the media, draft analyst Mike Mayock used the same word when discussing LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

“He’s got a little bit of stiffness to him,” said Mayock, adding that Peterson is “most comfortable in press-man (coverage),” but explaining that the 2010 Thorpe Award winner “might be best served as a safety.

“He might be an All-Pro safety.”

Peterson is listed at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, and Mayock isn’t the first media member to suggest a position switch for the over-sized corner. Mayock even compared Peterson to Antrel Rolle, an early-career cornerback for the Cardinals who busted at the more valuable position before resurrecting his career at safety.

A more recent example of an All-American college corner who made this transition in the NFL was Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State.

Jenkins was widely considered a surefire top 8-10 pick entering the 2009 NFL Combine. He fell to the Saints at No. 14 after running a forty time in the mid-4.5s, and is now the starting free safety in New Orleans.

15 responses to “Mayock: Patrick Peterson could be an All-Pro safety

  1. Lott played corner first, then moved to safety. Whats the big deal? That being said…big guys rarely make it, and smaller guys last longer – you have less stress on your joints and back and you are constantly running, leaping, etc. 6-1, 221 isnt going to cut it, you’ll have to drop some lbs…focus on quick feet, etc.

  2. I’d say safety can be a very prominent position when you can make an impact like Polamalu, Lott, Rod Woodson, John Lynch, Bob Sanders, Nick Collins, Rodney Harrison, Darren Sharper… All have rings. It’d be hard pressed to convince those guys the position isn’t important.

    Granted the norm doesn’t dictate you need an impact player at the position, but all the recent super bowl teams seem to have one. Even the losers, Cardinals with Adrian Wilson, Eagles had Michael Lewis, etc. I don’t think the Giants have their safety from their SB win though, could be wrong, but I’m not sure Kenny Phillips played in the SB? He’s got major potential when healthy.

    Anyway, if Peterson can bring playmaking ability to anyone’s secondary, I’d gladly take him. If he drops to the Vikings at 12, they’d be hard pressed to pass up his talent, especially with Leslie Frazier knowing a thing or two about corner’s, and there not being a top 15 QB (IMO) in the draft.

  3. “YOu get in where you fit in”

    IF he’s a better FS than CB – then you have to consider long term…$10 million in 2 seasons and bust or all-pro saftety???

    No guarantees on anything – but “I would just get in where I fit in” and the $$$ will be there

  4. Same things were said about Quentin Jammer when he came out of college.”Should be a solid corner but could be a dynamic safety”. Jammer has had a nice career and is a top 10 corner but doesn’t make Pro Bowls because he doesn’t put up huge INT numbers. He will move to safety eventually and prolong his career ala Rod Woodson and maybe even make a pro bowl or two.

    Peterson may end up like Malcom Jenkins. Some teams will like him as a corner and some as a safety. Guess we will find our what a team wants to use him as when he gets drafted.

  5. Nnamdi Asomugha is 210 lbs. I think Peterson is way faster and quick than you think. His return skills kind of shed light to that. He’s pretty Lean with his build. Also Sean Smith from the Dolphins is a 220 lb corner. I know one thing–just get Patrick Peterson on your team!

  6. broncobeta says:
    Feb 17, 2011 4:05 PM

    Yeah, safeties aren’t as valuable. Peterson will probably fall out of the top 5 just like Eric Berry did.


    Nice try there buddy. Eric Berry was the 5th overall pick 😉

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