One of the top draft prospects, Patrick Peterson, was at the NFL Network studios on Monday for an appearance on “Path to the Draft” and “NFL Total Access.” He took some time to talk about the draft, reality television and a future career away from the football field.
Adam Rank: Are you even checking the mock drafts right now?
Patrick Peterson: I have sworn them off. My friends check them and let me know, but I try not to watch. All that really matters is what happens on April 28.
AR: Have you heard that a cornerback has never gone No. 1 overall?
PP: Definitely. I am aware.
AR: A little sick of hearing about it?
PP: A little bit. I am trying to take it one day at a time, and then on April 28, see where I am going to be.
AR: Are you going to the draft?
PP: I don’t know. My family and I are weighing the pros and the cons.
AR: Who was your favorite player growing up?
PP: Deion Sanders. I liked the swagger and what he brought to the game as a punt return, wide receiver and a cornerback. He was one of the best athletes to play.
AR: Were you a Falcons fan?
PP: I was just a fan of Deion. I was a Dolphins fan, though that might change here in a few weeks.
AR: Do you see yourself playing on both sides of the football field, too?
PP: Oh yeah. I played every position in high school and I loved it. If they let me play offense I would take that chance and run with it.
AR: Did you play Madden as a kid?
PP: I was a huge Madden player, NCAA football, too. I can’t wait to play my guy on the upcoming Madden.
AR: Wait, you didn’t create yourself?
PP: I did. But I just want to see what my actual ratings are. I want to see what the game makers make me.
AR: Because, let me guess, you were a 99 speed?
PP: I was a 99 everything. My guy was rocked up, too. I even made myself taller.
AR: How tall are you?
PP: 6-foot, but I made myself 6-3.
AR: That doesn’t seem sporting. Speed, I can see, but height?
PP: They were not going to get me on the deep ball, that made my interceptions easier.
AR: You did pretty well at the combine in the 40, was that your favorite event?
PP: Actually, I love the catching the ball drill. We did this at the end of the combine. It was exciting to have my official 40-time, but I love to catch the ball.
AR: So you want to play offense like Deion?
PP: Oh yeah. I played every position in high school outside of my primary one. So if they let me play offense, I would take it and run with it.
AR: What is your favorite TV show?
PP: I like ESPN and NFL Network. I usually fall asleep with one of those channels on.
AR: So no sitcoms, or maybe a reality show?
PP: My girlfriend got me into “Basketball Wives.” (After his friend protests, telling him not to say that) I think it’s pretty cool.
AR: What about movies?
PP: “Gotti,” “Due Date,” “The Hangover,” “Casino,” “Goodfellas.” (Friend interrupts again with, “Just put all of the mob movies.”) I like anything with Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Adam Sandler.
AR: Was “Unstoppable” any good?
PP: It really was.
AR: Have you given any thought of who would play you in the movie version of your life?
PP: I have, and it’s got to be Denzel.
AR: And you’re love interest?
AR: Denzel we get a lot, but LisaRaye is an interesting choice.
PP: I saw here out here in at a mall when I was at a USC football camp. She was hot.
AR: And yet, you still didn’t go to USC.
PP: (Laughs) It was far.
AR: What about music?
PP: Rap, hip hop, soul. I also like to DJ.
AR: Do you perform in front of crowds?
PP: No, I do it by myself. I just got an iDJ. But right now, I’m just doing it in my room, practicing my skills. Football is my focus right now, but it is something that I would love to do.
AR: How did you get started?
PP: My dad did it back in his day. He has some equipment so I started playing around with it and thought to myself, ‘I kind of like this.’ It fits because I love music.
AR: And this is something you want to pursue in your spare time?
PP: Definitely. But football is what I am focused on right now.
AR: Do you have a DJ name?
PP: Not really.
AR: What did they call you at LSU?
PP: PP or P Squared.
AR: Yeah, we’ll have to work on that.