Marcus Peters Gets New Life in KC

After Head Coach, Andy Reid and General Manager, John Dorsey, spoke about their decision to draft Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters; the young man himself answered questions and appeared to have learned from his mistakes.

The debate on the Kansas City Chiefs first round selection won’t be answered until the end of 2015 season. Until then University of Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters, will have to earn his stripes at the NFL level and shake off a rough ending to his collegiate career.

“I didn’t handle the coaching change very well and I take sole responsibility on that because it was on me to make that situation better for me and my teammates. So I owned up to everything like I did to every team and just told them that, ‘if you take me, I am going to give you my all.’ I am here to learn, I am here to take criticism from Coach Andy Reid, criticism from Coach Al (Harris). And I am just here to get better,” Peters said after the Chiefs made him their first round pick.

Since the pick, I’ve been inundated with the full spectrum of reasons why the Chiefs made a mistake in taking Peters. On the flip side, an equal amount of individuals told me he was one of the steals of the first round.

In talking to a scout I respect, he stated Peters is going to become the next Dale Carter or Darrelle Revis. I’m hoping for the latter. Peters has the chops to be a shut down cornerback in the NFL, and there wasn’t another corner in this draft, who is more ready to be a starter in 2015 at the corner position outside of this young man. With his addition to the roster, the Chiefs upgraded their weakest position on the field.

Last night Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton, had to be jumping for joy with the selection. As a pure talent, Peters is a potential stud for the Chiefs defense. Still the Chiefs passed on talented Linebacker, Shane Ray, to choose Peters. In retrospect, it was the better move of the two upgrading the secondary.

With this pick, I’m convinced Head Coach, Andy Reid, pulled the trigger on this selection. He and his staff spent a lot of time with Peters, because the man in charge of returning the franchise to Super Bowl glory knows his secondary needs better players.

“We brought him in here and spent time with him, the time we spent with him at the Combine. He was up front with us, he said ‘I goofed,’ and that’s half the battle. If you know the issue and you know – I think the one thing you’re going to see is this guy is competitive – you kind of let your competitive juices get carried away,” Reid said about Peters.

If you read between the tea leaves, the Chiefs organization overturned every rock on Peters and still felt it would be a mistake to pass on the talents of this young man. If you listen to Peters talk about becoming a role model for his six month old son, you can see the inner makings of change have already taken root for KC's first round pick.

Again it’s far too early to decipher if this pick pans out. If it means anything, the day after the pick, the overall consensus from the national media has been positive. For me, the more time that’s passed between the shock of the pick and the reality it happened, I feel more comfortable with the choice based on football need for the Chiefs.

After all, if Kansas City wants to compete in the AFC West this season, the defense has to play better – especially the secondary. With the likes of three very good quarterbacks the Chiefs will face in the division this season, the writing might have been on the wall about drafting Peters long ago.

Photos (1) Steven Bisig USA Today Sports / (2) Brian Spurlock USA Today Sports


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The debate on the Kansas City Chiefs first round selection won’t be answered until the end of 2015 season. Until then University of Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters, will have to earn his stripes at the NFL level and shake off a rough ending to his collegiate career.

“I didn’t handle the coaching change very well and I take sole responsibility on that because it was on me to make that situation better for me and my teammates. So I owned up to everything like I did to every team and just told them that, ‘if you take me, I am going to give you my all.’ I am here to learn, I am here to take criticism from Coach Andy Reid, criticism from Coach Al (Harris). And I am just here to get better,” Peters said after the Chiefs made him their first round pick.

Since the pick, I’ve been inundated with the full spectrum of reasons why the Chiefs made a mistake in taking Peters. On the flip side, an equal amount of individuals told me he was one of the steals of the first round.

In talking to a scout I respect, he stated Peters is going to become the next Dale Carter or Darrelle Revis. I’m hoping for the latter. Peters has the chops to be a shut down cornerback in the NFL, and there wasn’t another corner in this draft, who is more ready to be a starter in 2015 at the corner position outside of this young man. With his addition to the roster, the Chiefs upgraded their weakest position on the field.

Last night Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton, had to be jumping for joy with the selection. As a pure talent, Peters is a potential stud for the Chiefs defense. Still the Chiefs passed on talented Linebacker, Shane Ray, to choose Peters. In retrospect, it was the better move of the two upgrading the secondary.

With this pick, I’m convinced Head Coach, Andy Reid, pulled the trigger on this selection. He and his staff spent a lot of time with Peters, because the man in charge of returning the franchise to Super Bowl glory knows his secondary needs better players.

“We brought him in here and spent time with him, the time we spent with him at the Combine. He was up front with us, he said ‘I goofed,’ and that’s half the battle. If you know the issue and you know – I think the one thing you’re going to see is this guy is competitive – you kind of let your competitive juices get carried away,” Reid said about Peters.

If you read between the tea leaves, the Chiefs organization overturned every rock on Peters and still felt it would be a mistake to pass on the talents of this young man. If you listen to Peters talk about becoming a role model for his six month old son, you can see the inner makings of change have already taken root for KC's first round pick.

Again it’s far too early to decipher if this pick pans out. If it means anything, the day after the pick, the overall consensus from the national media has been positive. For me, the more time that’s passed between the shock of the pick and the reality it happened, I feel more comfortable with the choice based on football need for the Chiefs.

After all, if Kansas City wants to compete in the AFC West this season, the defense has to play better – especially the secondary. With the likes of three very good quarterbacks the Chiefs will face in the division this season, the writing might have been on the wall about drafting Peters long ago.

Photos (1) Steven Bisig USA Today Sports / (2) Brian Spurlock USA Today Sports

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