Later, Sean Tomlinson will have a complete wrap on the NFL Scouting Combine, which ends today in Indianapolis.
And while Tomlinson will surely reflect on strong performances from guys like Von Miller, Julio Jones and Cameron Jordan, I’m taking a moment to single out one guy who stole all the headlines on the final day of the event.
No, not Rich Eisen. I’m talking about Patrick Peterson, the LSU cornerback who has a chance to be the highest corner ever taken at the draft. In fact, Peterson has a shot at being taken with the top pick.
On Tuesday, Peterson ran a blazing 4.32 40-yard dash — a number significantly lower than most of his peers. Prince Amukamara, who is considered to be the next-best defensive back in the draft, ran a 4.37, which is impressive but not earth-shattering.
But what makes Peterson particularly appealing is his combination of speed and size. He measured in at 6-feet, 219 pounds. Amukamara is 15 pounds lighter.
It’s become obvious this week that no quarterback in this year’s class is worthy of being the top pick. With Auburn’s Nick Fairley losing moment lately, it’s looking like the Panthers will probably have to make a choice between Peterson and former Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.