Falcons make odd choice with selection of DT Peters

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 9:46 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Unless the Falcons are less than confident that DT Peria Jerry is recovering well from a torn ACL he suffered in Week Two last season — and there's no indication that he has encountered a setback — it's hard to figure out their third-round choice of Kentucky DT Corey Peters. He projects to play the three-technique in the pros.

With a glaring need at defensive end, the Falcons passed on a talented pass-rushing end in USC's Everson Griffen. It's nice to have depth at tackle, but Atlanta could regret passing on Griffen, unless he's still available when they make the last pick of the third round (98th overall).

Peters is a smart player. He lacks any impressive athletic traits, though, and could take time to develop before he's ready to consistently contribute.

After landing an exciting, fast-flowing player in Round One with the selection of WLB Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons' third-round pick feels like a bit of a letdown.

 

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