People don't draft a cornerback with the first pick in the NFL Draft. It -- literally -- doesn't happen.
But it could change this year, if you're willing to listen to Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, who, via Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, seems to think LSU's Patrick Peterson is a viable option at No. 1.
"Why can’t you take a corner first?" Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "A shutdown corner, or a very, very good corner who can harass the receivers, throw off their timing is important as it is because it's turning into a passing league. How is he going to impact your defense? Can it also help the offense? There are a few really good ones out there. Does he help our pass rush? Does he help get the ball back and get our offense back on the field?"
Of course, the reason no one takes a cornerback No. 1 overall is that it's tough to justify the use of salary on someone who's not guaranteed to shut off half the field.
Or, alternately, this could just be further subterfuge by Carolina regarding what they plan to do with the top pick. Really, that may be the safest bet of all.
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