LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson had his sights set on a 4.2-something in the 40-yard dash.
Having watched Peterson for the last three seasons in the SEC, I've learned not to doubt him. But even for him, that sounded far-fetched.
Then he shows up at the NFL combine weighing in at a rock-solid 219 pounds, looking more like a running back than a cornerback, and still turns in an official time of 4.34 in the 40.
I said it all last season, and I'll say it again: He's one of the most explosive athletes I've ever seen play in the SEC. And as a cornerback, he's the complete package. He has great ball skills, can obviously run with anybody and tackles as well as he covers.
We won't see another cornerback quite like Peterson any time soon in the SEC, and he only solidified himself as a top-10 pick in the draft with his workout Tuesday at the combine. In fact, I'd be surprised to see him drop past the first six picks.
If ever there was a franchise cornerback, it's Peterson, who also had a 10-6 broad jump, 38-inch vertical jump and 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Hall of Famer John Elway said recently that Peterson was as good athletically as anybody in this draft.
I'll take it a step further. He's as good athletically as anybody I've seen in the SEC since Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.
To put that into perspective, Peterson's about six pounds lighter than Walker when he played at Georgia and about eight pounds lighter than Jackson when he played at Auburn. Of course, those two guys were running backs and Peterson's a cornerback.