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Patrick Peterson is the Best Cornerback in the NFL

According to a poll of experts, Peterson is the best corner in the game.

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While he is no longer the highest paid cornerback in the NFL, Patrick Peterson is being viewed as the best cornerback in the NFL according to a panelist of experts.

Peterson won the "gold medal" with Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman winning silver and Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets winning the bronze.

Peterson finished with 53 total points, with three points for a first place ranking, two points for a second place and one point for a third, and based on two looks over all the ballots, was the only player to be named on every ballot.

While some had him as low as three, the fact that every one of the 21 voters put Peterson on their ballot speaks to the leap he has made from "freak athlete" to shutdown corner.

The other interesting aspect is, no one had more first place votes than Peterson who finished with 12, Sherman had seven ballots with him in first place.  Also, Sherman finished not ranked on three different ballots of experts.

It is clear that Patrick Peterson, at only 26 years old, is making the case to be the best corner in the league, and many believe he is already there.