NEW YORK -- LSU All-American Patrick Peterson became the highest drafted defensive back in school history on Thursday night as he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL Draft at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
Peterson is the 33rd first round pick in the history of LSU football and the eighth first round pick under head coach Les Miles. LSU has now produced at least one first round pick in seven out of the past eight seasons.
"This has been an unbelievable experience and to have my family here and Coach Miles means so much to me," Peterson said at his post-draft reception. "It was something I waited for my entire life. You work so hard to get to this moment. I'd like to thank Coach Miles and the LSU family who supported me through my college career. Playing in the NFL is a dream come true. I can't wait to get to Arizona and meet my teammates."
Peterson joined Tennessee's Eric Berry (2010) as the highest drafted defensive back in Southeastern Conference history. LaRon Landry was previously the highest LSU defensive back when he went sixth in 2007 to the Washington Redskins. Peterson is also the fifth top-10 pick for LSU under Miles.
Peterson joins an Arizona team that features former LSU stars Alan Faneca and Early Doucet.
The first round of the NFL Draft continues on Thursday night, with the second and third rounds to follow on Friday (5 p.m.), and the final four rounds on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. CT.
2011 NFL Draft Order - First Round
Pick, Name, Pos. (School), Team
1. Cam Newton, QB (Auburn), Carolina Panthers
2. Von Miller, LB (Texas A&M), Denver Broncos
3. Marcell Dareus, DT (Alabama), Buffalo Bills
4. A.J. Green, WR (Georgia), Cincinnati Bengals
5. Patrick Peterson, CB (LSU), Arizona Cardinals
6. Julio Jones, WR (Alabama), Atlanta Falcons (via Cleveland Browns)
7. Aldon Smith, DE (Missouri), San Francisco 49ers
8. Jake Locker, QB (Washington), Tennessee Titans
9. Tyron Smith, OT (USC), Dallas Cowboys
10. Blaine Gabbert, QB (Missouri) Jacksonville Jaguars (via Redskins)
11. J.J. Watt, DE (Wisconsin) Houston Texans
12. Christian Ponder, QB (Florida St.) Minnesota Vikings
13. Nick Fairley, DT (Auburn) Detroit Lions
14. Robert Quinn, WR (North Carolina) St. Louis Rams
15. Mike Pouncey, C (Florida) Miami Dolphins
16. Ryan Kerrigan, DE (Purdue) Washington Redskins (via Jacksonville Jaguars)
17. Nate Solder, OL (Colorado) New England Patriots (via Oakland Raiders)
18. Corey Liuget, DT (Illinois), San Diego Chargers
19. Price Amukamara, CB (Nebraska), NY Giants
20. Adrian Clayborn, DL (Iowa), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Phil Taylor, DL (Baylor), Cleveland Browns (via Kansas City Chiefs)
22. Anthony Castonzo, OL (Boston College), Indianapolis Colts
23. Danny Watkins, OL (Baylor), Philadelphia Eagles
24. Cameron Jordan, DE (California), New Orleans Saints
25. James Carpenter, OL (Alabama), Seattle Seahawks
26. Jon Baldwin, WR (Pitt), Kansas City Chiefs (via Atlanta Falcons via Cleveland Browns)
27. Jimmy Smith, CB (Colorado), Baltimore Ravens (passed on 26th pick)
28. Mark Ingram, RB (Alabama), New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots)
29. Gabe Carimi, OL (Wisconsin), Chicago Bears
30. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT (Temple), N.Y. Jets
31. Cam Heyward, DT (Ohio St.), Pittsburgh Steelers
32. Derek Sherrod, OT (Mississippi St.), Green Bay Packers