It was Wednesday morning, the day before the 2011 NFL Draft, and Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson was talking to reporters at Chelsea Piers about how much he enjoys playing for defensive-minded coaches.
And since this is New York, it had to be said that Jets coach Rex Ryan is about as defensive-minded as they come, and he loves to draft corners. The thought is clearly appealing to Peterson.
“I know,” Peterson said. “The Jets -- I don’t know. If I go to the Jets, Super Bowl. If I’m going with coach Rex -- Super Bowl. That’s all I can say, Super Bowl.”
If Peterson was making a personal pitch to Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, he has already said the perfect thing. Last year the Jets drafted Kyle WIlson with the 29th overall pick, but the corner fizzled after a Darrelle Revis-less training camp. With No. 30 this year and Peterson projected to go high, this corner is a reach.
It’s an unusual draft this year. Once picked, rookies do not know if they can use team facilities, crack playbooks or sign a contract. Peterson said he’s not going to let those uncertainties take away from his draft week experience.
“It’s still fun to me,” Peterson said. “This decision is definitely out of the prospects hands ... I know Mr. Roger Goodell and the NFLPA and the owners, I know those guys will come to an agreement sooner or later. I mean this is America’s game, everybody loves the game of football.”
He said he thought the deal was going to get done eventually, so there was no need to put his name to the lawsuit players filed against the NFL, if he had been asked. Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was the prospect who ultimately joined the action.
“I wouldn’t have done it, but every body has to voice their opinion,” Peterson said.
He will attend events for both the former players union and the NFL, and said part of the fun was watching his 3-year-old sister in New York.
“Leading up to it, I was normal,” Peterson said. “As soon as I landed it was liked something burst inside of my stomach, just excited to be here.”