Patrick Peterson headed to the desert

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LSU CB Patrick Peterson fell to pick No. 5 and the Cardinals didn't hesitate to make the selection.

From the Cardinals media relations department

The Cardinals used the fifth overall selection in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft to select LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson He was the first cornerback selected in the '11 draft and the third defensive player

* Peterson becomes the highest CB taken in the NFL Draft since Terence Newman was selected fifth overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 Like Peterson, Newman was also a Thorpe Award winner

* Peterson becomes the 20th LSU player selected by the Cardinals in the NFL Draft and third taken in the first round (LB Eric Hill, 10th, 1989 and DB Jerry Stovall, 2nd, 1963)

* Dating back to 1970, Peterson becomes the seventh CB selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the NFL Draft The Cardinals have now used their first round pick on CB more than any other position over that span He becomes the second CB selected by the Cardinals in the first-round in the last four years (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 16th overall, 2008)

* Dating back to 2000, Peterson becomes the 15th DB selected in the top 10 of the first round The 14 previous DBs selected in the top 10 have combined for 15 Pro Bowl appearances, including 2010 fifth overall selection, Chiefs S Eric Berry, who was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie

* Peterson becomes the first DB out of LSU to be selected in the first round since Washington selected LaRon Landry with the sixth pick in 2007 and he is the highest DB selected from LSU since 1963 when the Cardinals selected Jerry Stovall with the second overall pick An All-American halfback with the Tigers, Stovall was converted to DB by the Cardinals and went on to earn three Pro Bowl selections (1966, '67, '69)

PRIDE OF THE TIGERS

* At LSU, Peterson played in 39 games (30 starts) and totaled 135 tackles, seven INTs, 22 passes defensed a forced fumble and a fumble recovery He scored four TDs during his LSU career, returning two punts for TDs, and INT for a TD and returned a blocked FG for a TD

* Junior: The best defensive back in the country and a first-team All-American, Peterson notched 42 tackles (29 solos) with 1 5 stops for losses totaling five yards and one quarterback pressure He deflected six passes and picked off four others, gaining 134 yards on returns Peterson also served as the team's kickoff and punt return man, earning first-team All-SEC Special Teams honors as well

* Sophomore: Took over as a full-time starter at right cornerback in 2009 and earned second-team All-American honors by The Sporting News He was an All-Southeastern Conference second-team choice by the league's coaches and media after registering 52 tackles (43 solos) and deflected 13 pass attempts He picked off two passes and gained 37 yards with one touchdown on returns He ranked 18th in the nation with an average of 1 15 passes defended per game

* Freshman: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2008 and started the final four contests at right cornerback in place of Jai Eugene He delivered 41 tackles (32 solos) with 1 5 stops for losses totaling seven yards, one quarterback pressure and a forced fumble He also deflected three passes and intercepted another

A SPECIAL PLAYER

* In addition to being one of the nation's top defenders in 2010, Peterson also earned first-team All-SEC honors returning punts and kickoffs for the Tigers

Punt Returns

* Totaled 26 returns for 418 yards and two TDs, with a long return of 87 yards * His 16 1-yard average ranked first in the SEC and fourth in the nation

Kickoff Returns

* Returned 32 kickoffs for 932 yards, an average of 29 1 yards per return, which led the SEC and ranked ninth nationally * His 932 yard established a school record and ranked as the fifth-highest total in SEC history

* Peterson established a school record with 257 combined return yards against North Carolina in the 2010 season opener, including 157 punt return yards, the second-best single game total in team history He also blocked a FG in a win over West Virginia

GET TO KNOW THE NEWEST CARDINAL

* At the 2011 NFL Combine, Peterson ran the 40-yard dash in 4 34 seconds, the second fastest time among any player at the event behind Miami DB DeMarcus Van Dyke (4 28)

* Peterson was one of a record 25 players who were on hand at Radio City Music Hall for the 2011 NFL Draft

* ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper rated Peterson as the top player in the draft

* Peterson is a cousin of former Cardinals (and current Steelers) CB Bryant McFadden, Oakland DB Walter McFadden and WRs Santana Moss (Washington) and Sinorice Moss (Philadelphia)

* During the 2009 NFL postseason, visited University of Phoenix Stadium to watch McFadden play in the Cardinals 51-45 overtime Wild Card victory over the Green Bay Packers

* Went by the name Patrick Johnson (his mother's maiden name) before formally changing his last name to Peterson in August of 2008, to match his biological father, Patrick, Sr

* Named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2007 at Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) High School and was named to the Parade All-America team and the USA Today All-America Team

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

* Peterson was one of the nation's most decorated players following his junior season in 2010 Among his many honors, he was the recipient of the Bednarik Award as nation's top defender, becoming the first defensive back to earn the honor since Charles Woodson in 1997

Peterson's Honors at LSU 2010 Bednarik Award Winner (Nation's Top Defender) 2010 Thorpe Award Winner (Nation's Top Defensive Back) 2010 First-Team All-American (AP, AFCA Coaches, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America) 2010 SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches) 2010 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (Coaches) 2010 First-Team All-SEC Defense (AP, Coaches) 2010 First-Team All-SEC Special Teams (Coaches) 2010 Second-Team All-SEC All-Purpose (AP) 2009 Second-Team All-America (Sporting News) 2009 First-Team All-SEC (ESPN) 2009 Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)

* With his selection by the Cardinals, Peterson becomes the seventh consecutive Thorpe Award winner to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft He is the second consecutive Thorpe Award winner to go fifth overall, joining 2010 fifth overall selection Eric Berry

Jim Thorpe Award Winners (2004-2010)
Year Player Pos Rnd Team
2010 Patrick Peterson CB 1 (5th) Arizona
2009 Eric Berry S 1 (5th) Kansas City
2008 Malcolm Jenkins S 1 (14th) New Orleans
2007 Antoine Cason CB 1 (27th) San Diego
2006 Aaron Ross S 1 (20th) NY Giants
2005 Michael Huff S 1 (7th) Oakland
2004 Carlos Rogers CB 1 (9th) Washington

A HISTORY OF THE FIFTH PICK

* Peterson becomes the 14th defensive back selected with the 5th overall pick in the NFL Draft Of the 13 DBs selected before him, eight were selected to at least one Pro Bowl and those eight players combined for 25 Pro Bowl appearances

Pro Bowl DBs Taken With 5th Overall Selection
Year Player Pro Bowls
2010 Eric Berry 1 (2010)
2004 Sean Taylor 2 (2006-07)
2003 Terence Newman 2 (2007, '09)
1991 Todd Lyght 1 (1999)
1989 Deion Sanders* 8 (1991-94, 96-99)
1976 Mike Haynes* 9 (1976-80, '82, 84-86)
1963 Kermit Alexander 1 (1968)
1959 Dave Baker 1 (1959)
* Hall of Fame Inductee

* Prior to Peterson, the last 10 players selected with the 5th overall pick combined to average 14 9 games played and 14 2 starts per season Of the four players taken with the 5th selection between 2007-10, they combined to appear in 155 of a possible 160 games during the regular season, starting 152 of those games Last year's fifth overall selection, Kansas City S Eric Berry, was one of four rookies to make the Pro Bowl

* This year marked the eighth time in Cardinals history that the team selected fifth overall and only the second time since moving to Arizona in 1988 Prior to Arizona's selection of Peterson, the last fifth overall pick by the team was T Levi Brown in 2007 The previous seven players selected with the fifth overall pick by the Cardinals have gone on to be selected to a combined five Pro Bowls during their careers

LOOKING AHEAD

* Rounds two and three take place tomorrow afternoon (3:00-7:30 PM MST) and rounds four through seven will occur on Saturday (9:00 AM-4:30 PM MST) The second and third rounds took 4 hours and 9 minutes in 2010 and rounds four through seven took 7 hours and 8 minutes last year

* Each team will get seven minutes between picks in the second round The time in between picks in rounds three through seven is five minutes

Cardinals Remaining Draft Picks
Round Round # Overall #
2 6th 38th
3 5th 69th
4 6th 103rd
5 5th 136th
6a 6th 171st
6b (from TB via Phi) 19th 184th
7 (Compensatory) 48th 249th

* Former Cardinals CB Aeneas Williams will announce Arizona's second round pick from the podium at Radio City Music Hall tomorrow Williams, the Cardinals third round selection (59th overall) in 1991, was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Cardinals and was inducted in the team's Ring of Honor in 2008 He is one of 32 legendary NFL alumni who will announce each team's second round pick, the first time in NFL Draft history that every selection in a round will be announced by former players

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