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Sean Gardner, File, 7) returns an interception against Louisiana-Monroe during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Peterson is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft. AP Photo
FILE- In this Nov. 13, 2010 file photo, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson

TEMPLE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have selected LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, bypassing the chance to take a quarterback with Missouri's Blaine Gabbert still available.

Peterson won the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back and the Bednarik Award as the top defender in college football. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound junior routinely covered opponents' top receivers one-on-one. He had four interceptions and returned two punts for touchdowns last season.

The Cardinals need a quarterback; the days of their smooth-operating offense since Kurt Warner's retirement have been ugly indeed. But they probably would prefer a veteran quarterback and have many needs elsewhere.