Top defensive prospects shine at combine

The NFL combine has been very good to the Denver Broncos.

Many of the prospects who are candidates to be taken by Denver with the No. 2 pick performed very well at the NFL combine, which solidifies their candidacy.

The latest is LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. He entered the combine with the reputation as one of the best cornerback prospects in years. He did nothing to damage that reputation. Peterson ran a blazing 4.32 40-yard dash Tuesday, Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Peterson weighs 219 pounds, so having a cornerback who looks like a strong safety run that fast has to make scouts drool.

Peterson has been considered somewhat of a long shot to be taken by Denver because the Broncos just re-signed cornerback Champ Bailey and because they have great needs on the defensive line. However, Peterson’s performance at the combine will surely keep him in the conversation.

Other top defensive prospects who performed well at the combine include Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. These strong performances will give Denver both a lot of good choices and perhaps some solid trade leverage. The better the talent is up top, the more likely trade partners will materialize. Denver is open to both keeping or trading the No. 2 choice.