Atlanta Falcons Draft Focus: CB Marcus Peters


Throughout our extensive Blogging Dirty format, we’ve taken a look via Draft Spotlight at potential Falcons draft picks. Today we will take a different approach.

In Draft Focus, I will highlight the specifics of a prospect and how he will fit in particular as a Falcon.

Per Ian Rapoport of, University of Washington CB Marcus Peters had a private workout with the Falcons on Wednesday.

What Peters brings to the table is a corner with size at 6’0″ 199 pounds, who’s game is centered around physicality and athleticism. That athleticism translates to the abilty to play either man or zone coverage.

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Under the Falcons 4-3 under defense, he will more than likely play plenty of Cover 3 zone coverage. That coverage ability is evident with 11 career ints and countless pass deflections.

In Seattle, Quinn had corners that possessed size with also a high football IQ.

While Desmond Trufant may be an exception to the size rule due to a quality skill set, the opposite side that is held by cornerback Robert Alford may not be so concrete.

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However, that’s a different story for a different day so back to what Peters may bring to the table.

Peters also has fluidity in his hips which he uses to turn and stay in stride with receivers.

Along with that he has the strength to jam receivers and change routes which can be effective with receivers such as Kelvin Benjamin, Marques Colston, and Mike Evans on the menu twice a year.

Not to limit his skills, Peters also provides run support very well which is equally important in Quinn’s 4-3 defense and it all leads back to his most highlighted attribute: Aggression.

The potential of Peters on the field starting opposite Trufant will probably move Alford to the slot.

The move for Alford may very well be a logical move based on Alford bringing speed along with adequate size to the slot position.

The three of them on the field can give Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith different options.

A ballhawking free safety playing center field and strong safety William Moore parading freely searching for prey will definitely change the dynamics of the Falcons along with the demeanor of the defense.

Again, this is only a private workout at this point.

His draft value dictates that it will take a Falcons trade down in the first round to target him and not overdraft him.

However, with a private workout this close to the draft, mixed with the ability of Peters, and the versatility that Quinn’s defense portrays is enough to put this potential matchup under the microscope.

Marcus Peters College Stats

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