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March 28, 2011
Niners have a date with Patrick Peterson

LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who many see going to the 49ers next month at pick No. 7, has set up a visit with the team, according to his agent. Peterson is scheduled to meet with nine teams. He will be in Santa Clara on April 19th and 20th.

Peterson is universally considered the top cornerback in the draft, and some, like CBS draft guru Rob Rang, feel he's the best player in the draft. Peterson has drawn comparisons to Charles Woodson and Rod Woodson.

"I don't want to be the next Charles Woodson, but I definitely want to pattern my game after Charles Woodson," Peterson said at last month's scouting combine. "He can play each and every defensive position on the field. If they gave him the opportunity to play D-tackle or D-end, he'd definitely do it. That's something I want to show the world that I can learn the scheme and understand the scheme as well. Playing if they need me to play dime, if they need me to play corner, strong safety, rover, I'm definitely down for it."

The biggest reason why Peterson may drop to No. 7? That cornerbacks historically are not taken at the top of the draft. Only one defensive back -- safety Gary Glick in 1956 -- has been taken No. 1 overall. The last cornerback selected in the Top 3 was Shawn Springs in 1997.

Remember to check in on the 49ers pre-draft draft visit counter to see who has scheduled visits to Santa Clara ...

NFL.com held a televised mock draft in which writers from various NFL cities made the pick for their teams. The first six picks went like this:

1. Carolina -- Cam Newton
2. Denver -- Marcell Dareus
3. Bills -- Von Miller
4. Bengals -- A.J. Green
5. Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson
6. Browns -- Nick Fairley

Who did GM Barrows take? To me, it was a no brainer. But I'm happy to debate this choice in the comments section below ...

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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