INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Patrick Peterson #37 of LSU runs the 40-yard dash during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SBNation.com released its latest mock draft, this one coming after the combine. The Broncos have a lot of options and no room for error with the number two pick. They have the Carolina Panthers selecting Blaine Gabbert with the number one pick, someone that we have no interest in so really, the entire board is open to us. So with the number two pick in the 2011 SB Nation Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select, from LSU, defensive back, Patrick Peterson.
SB Nation's reason for the pick is as follows:
"People will argue, justifiably, that Denver's defensive problems lie in the front seven. The league's second-worst run defense will be assisted by having two corners on an island, however - compressing one or both safeties into the box - and Peterson is the best defender available."
There are a ton of options for the Broncos. Of course there is Nick Fairley and Da'Quan Bowers. But recently larger stock has risen in Marcel Dareus and Von Miller.
I am not too choosy with this pick. Each player has their upside. For me, it's which player can come in and compete at the highest level immediately and be able to do this for years to come. For me that guy is Patrick Peterson. Being the number two corner behind Champ Bailey, he could also be a punt and kick return man just like Antonio Cromartie would do for the Jets. It would also relieve Eddie Royal from his duties as a returner and focus on being a stand alone reciever.