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NFL Spotlight: Marcus Peters

  • NFL Spotlight: Marcus Peters

    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 3: Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defending against a pass at Arrowhead Stadium during the second quarter of the game agains the Oakland Raiders on January 3, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As numerous collegiate athletes dare to dream ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, this week I decided to take a closer look at the 2015 'Defensive Rookie of the Year', Marcus Peters.

The 23 year-old Washington Huskies cornerback was the 18th overall pick in last year's NFL Draft. With the Chiefs needing to add quality depth to their secondary, the decision to bring in Peters made perfect sense. Need evidence? Look no further than Week 1.

With Houston hosting the Chiefs inside a raucous NRG Stadium, the onus was on Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer to control the game. However, after opting to throw the ball on the first play of the drive, Hoyer's pass fell short of Deandre Hopkins and straight into the hands of an oncoming Peters. It took the Oakland-born rookie just seven days before he added his second interception. This time returning Peyton Manning's pass 55 yards for a touchdown during a match against the Broncos. 

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     Coming in at 6'0" and 198 pounds, Peters possesses a level of intelligence that is evident both before and after the snap. His ability to read the game and snuff out the opposing receiver's routes often forced quarterbacks to throw the ball the other way. All up, Peters finished the regular season with two touchdowns, one forced fumble, 60 total tackles and a league-high eight interceptions alongside Cincinnati's Reggie Nelson. With the aforementioned information in mind, there's no denying his status as the reigning 'Defensive Rookie of the Year'.

With the potential to become a major member of the NFL's elite core of cornerbacks, 2016 will be a big year in his career. While some players are able to maintain this level of performance, others sadly struggle. And as opposing offensive coordinators develop new ways to oust defensive schemes, it will be interesting to see whether Peters can replicate what his Pro Bowl rookie season produced. Only time will tell.

The first game of the 2016 season will take place on the 8th of September.

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