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Updated May 10, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Patrick Peterson pegged as 'breakout star' in 2012

Patrick Peterson may have been a Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2011, but that has not stopped a prominent NFL writer to pick him as a breakout candidate for 2012.

In fact, if CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco is right, Peterson, who is an impact player in the return game, will become the cover corner the team needs.

Yes, he flashed as a return man, but I think he will take a huge step forward as a cover corner this season. You saw more of it in the second half last season.

Peterson finished the year with 64 tackles, two interceptions and 13 passes defensed, showing that the ability is there to become one of the league's better cornerbacks.

Now, if he takes the next step like Prisco suggests he will, chances are good the second-year pro will find his way back to the Pro Bowl (assuming it still exists), albeit for a different reason than before.

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