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I Want The Cowboys To Draft This Guy

By Kevin Turner | @ktfuntweets

105.3 THE FAN -- I understand that a lot of Cowboys fans are really jaded by the cornerback position right now due to the wasted first round pick of Morris Claiborne, and the lack of production from the very high-priced Brandon Carr. With Claiborne already unreliable, he's even more unreliable when you consider that he's unlikely to begin training camp healthy.

I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to not have a ton of Sterling Moore and Tyler Patmon roaming the secondary out of necessity. That's no offense to those players, we saw Patmon make a few critical plays, and Sterling Moore was actually a productive player for the Cowboys in 2014.

An edge rusher would be great, but I really think the impactful edge rushers will be off the board by the time the Cowboys pick at 27. That's not to say you couldn't find an edge rusher later on, but remember there's a reason the Cowboys traded up in the 2014 draft to be in position to select DeMarcus Lawrence.

For the sake of this piece, I really want to focus in on one player. There's a chance he's already off the board, but the guy that I really want on this Cowboys defense is Marcus Peters -- a cornerback from Washington.

Marcus Peters has an interesting story, that we'll get to shortly, but first let's talk about the kind of player he is on the field.

Peters is a touch under 6 feet tall and 197 lbs, and ran a 4.52 40 at the combine. He thrived in press coverage. That's where he looked comfortable. He was forced to play a lot of zone coverage at Washington, which is not the strong suit of his game. That's not to say he can't play zone. There were many times when there were blown assignments all around him. There were times when he lacked awareness of the chains, allowing opposing wideouts to reach the chains on stop routes, but I don't think he's a dumb player. If anything, he actually appeared to be a pretty heady player.

One matchup to focus in on is against Arizona State when he was matched up against WR Jalen Strong. Strong has 4 inches on Peters and will likely be a 1st or 2nd round draft pick, and Peters held his own against him, using the jam off the line and rerouting Strong numerous times. More than anything, my favorite trait of Marcus Peters is that he never let anyone run away from him. There were rarely times when a wide receiver could be considered open when going up against him.

Marcus Peters
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Now to the off the field stuff. Peters was dismissed from the team for an array of reasons. He was suspended one game in college for a sideline tantrum, and there have been reports that he choked an assistant coach during an altercation at practice. In an interview with NFLDraftScout.com, Peters said the event never happened. Two current Washington coaches denied the incident as well, and so did former head coach Steve Sarkisian.

His background goes further back than that, as his mentor is popular crazy person Marshawn Lynch. Like Lynch, Peters grew up in Oakland and their families have ties, so to me it's not that big of a deal. I would venture to guess that many NFL executives and personnel people, see him hanging out with Marshawn Lynch as a bad thing. Peters has never been arrested, and has reportedly matured quite a bit since being kicked off the football team.

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His teammate and first round prospect Shaq Thompson referred to Peters as a laid back guy who is very misunderstood. I've got Peters as the 2nd best cornerback in the draft (Trae Waynes from Michigan State is the clear #1). I actually think Jalen Collins from LSU will be drafted before Peters because Collins is 6'2" and also doesn't have the off the field questions that Peters has. I think if you wipe out the off the field stuff, which seems to be largely blown out of proportion, then you have a Top 15 pick.

If things play out the way I think they'll play out, then Peters will slide into the 20s and from there, i'll cross my fingers and hope that the Cowboys can snatch him up at #27. Carr and Peters on the outside, with Scandrick holding down the slot would serve as significant upgrade in the Cowboys secondary. Let Morris Claiborne, Sterling Moore, and Tyler Patmon compete for the 4th cornerback role.

One team in the draft is going to get a good player in Marcus Peters, and I hope if he's on the board at 27, the Cowboys give him the consideration he deserves.

Kevin "KT" Turner is the producer of the Ben and Skin show, heard Monday through Friday 3-7 on 105.3 The Fan. You can email him at kevin.turner@cbsradio.com, or you can reach him on twitter @ktfuntweets. KT wants you to know that he loves you.

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