Is Peterson a possibility?

An intriguing scenario, draft-wise, would be the availability of CB Patrick Peterson when Denver's on the clock with the second overall pick

The Broncos' offseason emphasis on the defensive side was made easier with the re-signing of CB Champ Bailey and continued health of DE Elvis Dumervil, who missed the entire 2009 season with a torn chest muscle. Those two fill spots that are imperative on any defense - a shutdown corner and pass-rushing force at end. Now, the job is building around them.

Many of the players that started for last season's bottom-ranked defense are solid reserves on a Super Bowl contender but certainly not starting caliber under that same measuring stick.

Expect whoever emerges with the top three picks at whatever position - likely all on defense -- to be immediate starters.

The most intriguing scenario, draft-wise, though, would be the availability of CB Patrick Peterson when Denver's on the clock with the second overall pick.

Cornerback on the surface doesn't appear to be a pressing need with Bailey's re-signing, but keep in mind that starting RCB Andre Goodman was hurt for most of last season. Developing second-year pro Perrish Cox got into some legal troubles and his availability either via the court system or the NFL's personal-conduct policy are unknown.

Peterson ran a sub-4.4 40 time at the combine at 219 pounds. That's rare, especially when paired with his highlight-laden college tape.

Coach John Fox recently said the good news about drafting second is that the team will not only get a top-caliber player but one, too, at a position of need.

Pairing Bailey and Peterson would seemingly be more of a luxury, but the Broncos' mantra also has been taking the player that is highest on the draft board in terms of skills and after Peterson's combine workout, he's worked his way into the discussion, at least. And Peterson did say while he views himself at corner, he wouldn't fight a move to safety as a pro. And that's a top team need, while adding combo versatility in the defensive backfield and return ability.



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