PROS: Has a nice first step. Has a developing swim move and shows decent hand use. Has a good motor and will chase down a scrambling quarterback. Works down the line laterally and can make plays in pursuit. Shows ability to make the stop at the point of attack.
CONS: Needs to improve his run defense at the point of attack. Gets pushed off the ball too often and struggles against double teams.
OVERVIEW: Peters has starting potential because of his effort and quickness. Worked mostly out of 3-technique. Three-year starter that was most productive his last two years, combining for 8 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
NFL FORECAST: Peters has a chance to be a starter at the next level, although I'm not sure as an impact starter. He'd probably get the most out of his ability playing in a 4-3 scheme where he plays beside a big nose tackle that draws double teams. In that way, I think you're looking at a guy that can be a similar player to Tony Brown, although Brown began his career as a much quicker D-end. But you like his effort and if he can improve his hand technique, then he'll definitely stick in the pros. At the very least, he should make a solid No. 3 tackle that may never be a good enough run stopper to be trusted with a starting job. But I forsee him being a starter by his third or fourth year. He won't be great, and is the type of guy that may only get 2-4 sacks in a given year. But he'll be valuable to his team moreso than his production merits. He could also make a decent rotational option for a 3-4 team, although his upside is more limited in that scheme.
ATL FORECAST: Peters could definitely add depth to the Falcons defensive interior. And while he doesn't show the great versatility the Falcons tend to prefer in their interior linemen to play multiple techniques, his effort alone should allow him to stick. He's not going to be anything more than a No. 4 off the bat, but should beat Walker for that job, and be ready to beat Johnson for the No. 3 role by his second season. Long-term, he'd be a nice option to have coming off the bench to spell Babineaux and Jerry, although not sure he is going to be as good as either.
VALUE: Peters is a solid middle-round pick. He should be targeted in the fourth or fifth round range.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.0
PASS RUSH: 3.0
Scouting reports of defensive tackles in the 2010 draft.
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