Pro Football Focus has Cardinals Patrick Peterson among NFL’s most overrated players
Each year Pro Football Focus compiles a list of the top 101 players in the NFL, judging by how an individual player performs in the year prior.
The analytical site just recently put out it’s list from the 2013 season. It was no surprise that Arizona Cardinals famed cornerback Patrick Peterson made the cut, but it was where he landed that had one ESPN insider explain why the three-year pro wasn’t rated higher in a piece entitle “NFL’s most overrated players.”
Peterson is No. 58 on the list, which PFF acknowledges is very low considering the three-time pro bowler’s high regard in the league.
On their ‘overrated” list, the analyst’s felt the need to include: “Here’s a look at the players many fans and media will be surprised to see at the bottom half of the PFF 101.”
The list also read something like this:
The hype for Peterson has been mostly of his own doing of late, as his social media “feud” with his fellow cornerbacks has made headlines.
Similar to (Cincinnati’s A.J.) Green, Peterson has all the physical talent in the world and uses it well for the most part, but he hasn’t done it on a weekly basis like some of league’s other top cornerbacks. Overall, Peterson ranked 15th among cornerbacks with a plus-5.9 coverage grade, but he did so while tracking the opposition’s top wide receiver 55 percent of the time.
His assignment may be more difficult than some of the league’s other corners, but he has yet to perform at a level that puts him into the top echelon at the position. He surrendered seven touchdowns into his coverage — tying for third most in the league — while his 1.00 yards/cover snap tied for 15th. Using interception numbers to judge a cornerback may be even worse than using tackles for a linebacker, but Peterson got his hands on only nine passes (three intercepted, six passes defensed), a number you would expect to be a little higher for a top cornerback that was targeted 90 times.
Another similarity to Green is Peterson’s week-to-week consistency issues, as he finished seven games with negative coverage grades, including a disastrous Week 15 performance that saw him surrender nine catches on 10 targets for 146 yards, most of which came at the hands of Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright. While we’re certainly not going to hold one game against a player, these are the types of performances that must be avoided if Peterson is going to take the next step to rank among the best cornerbacks in the league. Until then, he’s a very good player who takes on assignments of above-average difficulty on a weekly basis.
Peterson did have a down year(42 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed) in 2013, compared to his sophomore campaign in which he tallied 55 tackles, seven picks, 16 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
His Seattle Seahawks counterpart Richard Sherman cracked the list at No. 6. By now everyone knows of the infamous best cornerback debate the two cover men shared just recently. It is a topic that can be debated, not only by themselves, but other colleagues of theirs, as well as fans for many years to come.
The PFF article also did not seem to disagree with Sherman’s allegation that Peterson “gives up to many touchdowns” when it confirmed that at least in 2013 the Cardinals corner gave up seven TD’s, which happened to be tied for third-most in the league.
Former Cardinal linebacker Karlos Dansby made the list one spot below Peterson at 59, while rookie safety Tyrann Matheiu impressed 2013 good enough to seal him the 84th spot.
The Cardinals highest honor came in at No. 19 with defensive end Calais Campbell.
J.J. Watt, defensive end of the Houston Texans placed No. 1.
Phoenix Sports-Kings contributor Jason Mulkey @_JayBird79