From the Truman Sports Complex
Any draft pick is a roll of the dice in pro football, sometimes the odds are just a bit higher. The Chiefs on Thursday night rolled the first-round bones and came up with former University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters.
Listed at 5-11Â½, 190 pounds, Peters was kicked off the Huskies football team in November last season after a confrontation with a member of head coach Chris Petersen’s coaching staff.
That brought an end to a 34-game career at Washington, where he started 22 games, grabbed 11 interceptions and totaled 129 tackles, with two defensive scores.
Peters’ problems last season began early in the schedule when he was penalized during a game with Eastern Washington for head-butting a wide receiver. After he was pulled from the game, he threw his helmet and gloves during a sideline outburst. He was suspended for the next game.
Then, in November there was an argument with the coaches during Washington’s victory over Colorado on Saturday. He missed practice on Tuesday with no explanation and then got into an argument with an assistant coach during practice on Wednesday. Peters was suspended on November 6th.
“We feel comfortable bringing Marcus in here,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. “We all make mistakes at times in life. Marcus realizes that. We feel comfortable he realizes that. It was an emotional situation and he didn’t handle it the right way. I think he’s learned from it from our experience with him.
“He was upfront with us. He said ‘I goofed.’ That’s half the battle; if you know the issue. This guy is so competitive he let his competitive juices get carried away. You learn to handle them. That’s the maturing process that comes with young guys.”
The Chiefs met with Peters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis back in February, brought him to Kansas City for a personal visit in early April and then this week they sent director of player personnel Chris Ballard to Oakland to meet with Peters and his family. Reid had long discussions with Petersen and former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian who is now at Southern Cal.
“We felt after all these meetings that it had it under control,” Reid said. “Obviously felt good enough that we picked him â€¦ We look forward to bringing him into a very strong locker room here,” said Reid. “With great coaches to support him and you’ll see his playmaking ability. I felt he was the best cornerback in this draft.”