Oct 18, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Marcus Peters (21) warming up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
So, here we are. There are only a couple hours left until the 2015 NFL Draft. For months, NFL experts have been bouncing back and forth between who they believe each team will select in the first round on Thursday night. The Baltimore Ravens are a team that has plenty of holes to fill in the draft, but one of the most gaping holes is at the cornerback position. So, it should come as no surprise that a number of experts have them selecting former Washington Huskies corner Marcus Peters in the first round.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, and Sport Illustrated’s Peter King are amongst those who have the Ravens drafting Peters at pick No. 26.
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Peters appears to be the most talented cornerback in the entire draft class, but he does have a bit of a troubled past, so Baltimore would be taking a risk by drafting him. He was dismissed from the Huskies football program and he’s also had a number of off-the-field behavioral issues.
Let’s not forget, however, that the Ravens are the same team that took a chance on current starter Jimmy Smith, who was also an immense talent with a troubled past. Smith is on his way to becoming a star in Charm City, provided he can stay healthy. Peters is a big, strong corner built in the mold of Smith, so the two could form a solid tandem for this franchise for years to come.
In sports, sometimes, you must take risks in order to be successful. With Marcus Peters, the risk is high, but the rewards could be plentiful. Besides, if there is any system he could thrive in, it’s Baltimore.