Monday, 10 January 2011 12:29
LSU's junior All-American Patrick Peterson Will Enter NFL Draft This Year
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LSU junior All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson announced on Monday morning that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

"LSU will be in me until the day I die, but I pretty much achieved all my goals here," said Peterson.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is considered a top-five pick for this year's draft. Some online mock draft boards have Peterson rated as high as the second over-all pick in the draft.

"Peterson's draft position is really too good to forgo," said Tigers coach Les Miles. "I agree with his decision completely."

Peterson's younger brother,Avery Johnson, is committed to play for LSU.He recently completed his junior season at Pompano Beach's Blanche High School, the same school that produced Peterson.

Peterson had 43 tackles,four interceptions and 10 passes broken up as a junior. He also excelled as a kick returner, averaging 29.1 yards a kickoff return and 16.1 per punt return with two touchdowns.

Peterson was a first-team All-American and won the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.

He made the announcement at a news conference at LSU.

Miles will meet Michigan officials on Tuesday about their vacant head-coaching job.

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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