GB trades to land DE/DT Kenny Peterson

The Packers pulled off a Draft Day trade that could pay off big-time for their pass rush. Moving from the 94th spot to No. 79, Green Bay landed Ohio State defensive lineman Kenny Peterson, high-impact player for the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes.<P> The deal included swapping third-round picks with the Buffalo Bills, and also sending Buffalo the Packers' 4th round pick (127th overall).<P>

Peterson, a 6-3, 294-pound junior, features great quickness and pass rush potential.

Peterson played much of his Buckeye career at defensive end, before moving inside during his junior season. He's projected to return outside, exactly where the Packers are looking for help.

Peterson left a lasting impression by coming up with the biggest game of his life as OSU topped Miami for the National Championship, and has been ranked among the top three defensive ends coming into the draft.

Peterson brings a pedigree worthy of a National Champion. Peterson is an All-America, All-Big Ten Conference and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report.

His numbers are equally impressive. Peterson started every game except one in 2002at left defensive tackle. He recorded 38 tackles (22 solos) with four sacks for minus 21 yards and seven stops for losses of 28 yards. Last season he was credited with 17 quarterback pressures, six pass deflections and a forced fumble. Also impressive, Peterson led a strong defensive effort upfront as the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the nation in rush defense, allowing only 78.69 yards per game.

Peterson is described by scouts as "well-built with quick feet, good balance and smooth change of direction agility. He has good upper body muscle development and the frame with the potential to add 10-15 pounds with no drop-off in speed."

Other factors that make Peterson a strong third-round pick is that he shows great balance and quickness - he has the ability to hurdle blockers. As a collegian, he proved consistent with agility and instincts.

Like other successful GB defensive linemen, Peterson is known for using his arms well to get a good inside push and has an array of counter moves to the inside, showing quickness in his spin rush move.

The good news just keeps on coming. Peterson's reputation include his explosive pass rush and playmaking ability as well as the ability to defend the run.

Career stats include 79 tackles (47 solos) with ten sacks for minus 69 yards and 20 stops for losses of 98 yards during his career. He also deflected seven passes, caused two fumbles, returned an interception 31 yards and registered 36 quarterback pressures.

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