The 6-foot, 219-pound Peterson stood out last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis by running the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds. He has often been labeled as the best cornerback in the draft and a virtual lock to become a top-10 pick.
The Browns, of course, own the sixth overall pick in this year's draft. In 2010, they selected cornerback Joe Haden seventh overall.
During an interview with local reporters at the combine, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said he would not hesitate to take a cornerback in the first round for the second consecutive year. Then this past Monday, Browns President Mike Holmgren identified the team's defensive secondary, along with its defensive line, as an area of need.
"We added some people to the secondary last year, which really helped us. But they are young," Holmgren said. "You can never have too many corners."
In addition to Peterson, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke have reportedly had private workouts set up with the Browns. Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt have surfaced in reports about visiting Holmgren and Co.
"We are having 30 players come in," Holmgren said. "Which 30? I'm not going to tell you. I know we talk about give and take and transparency, but I've told you a lot with the fact we are bringing in 30 players, which is the league-high level."