Patrick Peterson hoping Cardinals keep DRC

If the rampant rumors turn out to be accurate and the Arizona Cardinals do package veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to acquire quarterback Kevin Kolb, it ought to make the rookie season for Patrick Peterson more interesting.

The Cardinals passed on an opportunity to select a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in the draft and instead went with Peterson, the star from LSU. He was drafted to solidify the secondary and paired with Rodgers-Cromartie, a weakness could become a strength for Arizona.

Without Rodgers-Cromartie, a lot will be asked of Peterson from the start.

I don’t know what’s going on,” Peterson said in an appearance on KTAR in Phoenix, according to “I hope it’s a rumor and something that don’t come true because it would be an honor to come play with another first-round guy that came in and took over early and kind of learn from him a little bit in my young career. But if it does happen, it’s a business decision. It’s out of my hands.”

Peterson has terrific size for a cornerback and his goal from Day 1 is to become a shutdown corner, something there are few of in the NFL.

“I believe I have the potential,” he said. “I’ve never played an NFL game yet, thus far, or even been in an NFL practice, but those are definitely my goals, to go in and be a shutdown corner. So I just have to get in, learn the system … and I think I’ll be OK.

“I believe a veteran (like Rodgers-Cromartie) would definitely brighten my horizon on the field because he’s been there, done that. I believe that would be key for me to help me learn it faster and to just go out there and play relaxed.”

If the Cardinals need to use Rodgers-Cromartie to get Kolb – or any other quarterback they target – Peterson might have to learn on the fly.

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