2015 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has Steelers Selecting Washington CB Marcus Peters

After predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers would select Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown in his first mock draft of the offseason, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay now has a cornerback with a questionable character going to the black and gold in his second mock draft of 2015.

McShay has the Steelers drafting Washington cornerback Marcus Peters with the 22nd overall selection and he writes:

Safety and cornerback are need areas for the Steelers this offseason, and linebacker could also quickly become a problem spot, with James Harrison, Jason Worilds and Arthur Moats all free agents. Based purely off of game tape, Peters is the best all-around cornerback in this class. He has a good combination of instincts, cover skills, toughness and ball skills (11 interceptions the past three seasons). But Pittsburgh will have to feel comfortable with his character before drafting him, as he was kicked off of Washington’s football team this fall due to behavioral issues.

The Steelers last selected a cornerback in the first round in 1997 when they drafted Chad Scott. While we can’t totally rule out a cornerback being taken this year in round one, the fact that Peters has some character issues would lead you to believe that general manager Kevin Colbert won’t be willing to take on the risk associated with him. The second round would be a different story, but Peters figures to be long gone by then.

  • ApexSteel

    I’d take him in a heartbeat.

  • Birdman

    Can’t see the FO taking a chance on a guy like Peters. Maxx Williams is still the guy I want in round 1. CBs and OLBs can be found in rounds 2-4

  • RobE

    The first few selections have to be on the defensive side of the ball. We didn’t get enough pressure on opposing QBs and got torched way to often.(Ike is still recovering from his burn marks) Maxx is a great player but he can’t create turnovers or sack the qb. Improving the defense helps the offense by getting them back on the field.

  • falconsaftey43

    Right now I have a few “special” players on my list for the 1st round. Maxx Williams, Randy Gergory, Marcus Peters, Trae Waynes, Dante Fowler, Leonard Williams, Landon Collins. Obviously Peters character issues could be a problem, but I don’t know the details. I want someone off this list at 22, will any of them be there is the question.

  • NinjaMountie

    It would be a big gamble, one I don’t see them taking in their situation. They cannot afford to miss on this pick this year. What can you really say to convince someone that you are “all better” from having violent outbursts against coaches? I mean, this is far from being a stupid college kid and getting caught smoking some weed. This is serious behavioral problems. I hope the kid does get his act together and lands with someone more able to handle the risk. The Steelers aren’t that team.

  • NinjaMountie

    I would love that pick as well if we didn’t have multiple needs at CA and OLB.

  • Toddy Bravo

    His talent is undeniable, but I don’t think he’s even on their board. Huge reward; huge risk. A 1st round bust sets a team back multiple years. If he flakes out and busts, somebody would have to take responsibility for the decision, which very likely could end the Colbert era in Pittsburgh. Maybe Peters can justify his actions during Combine and/or prospect visit interviews, but it would be a miracle IMO. The sad part is there’s also a good chance some other team gets a fantastic young CB.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    No, this guy has issues… Another b&tch mode… Move up to get fowler or if you can’t get him… Beasley or the te williams. Move down if any way possible if the guy isn ‘t there they want. They will not draft a corner in the first round . Here is your second chance to sign Flowers in free agency. Cortez can bounce back to work in the rotation, while blake and mccain ate solid backups.

  • falconsaftey43

    Maxx could help improve the RedZone scoreing percent though. They were ranked like 19th in TD %, while in the top 5 in redzone opportunities. If they improve that TD %, the offense could be unstoppable.

  • 20Stoney

    I’m torn on him. Overall I think you stay away from character issues. But then I remember Rod Woodson had character issues coming out too. I guess you have to figure it out on an individual basis.

  • Weiss Chad

    Sports illustrated 4.0 today has us taking max Williams in first and quinton rollins in second

  • steelster

    Second round maybe. First round no way.

  • 20Stoney

    I really like Williams. He has Steeler written all over him. Add him to our existing offense and it looks really scary.

  • Weiss Chad

    I would love to see max Williams and miller playing together.Nightmare for defenses.This offense would be set for years.Possibly best wr,rb and tight end in the league.When Ben retires Id definitely be willing to throw a whole draft to get another elite quarterback

  • Weiss Chad

    Miller and Williams on the same offense does sound scary

  • ApexSteel

    Another Marshawn Lynch? Even though they don’t play the same position and Lynch doesn’t have any character issues? I’m not really seeing the comparison.

  • steelster

    Think maxx Williams will last to the 22nd pick. Ebron went 10th last year.

  • I really can’t see this happening, though of course one should never say never. To me, Peters seems more like a Patriots guy, only because the Patriots often take risks on guys with “character issues” and have been quite successful in managing them. But if he really is the best CB and is around when the Steelers pick, given that we have a new defensive coordinator who might be willing to take a chance, then sure, maybe.

    That said, I’m leaning against the Steelers taking a CB in the first round. I think it’ll be OLB (or that hybrid DE/OLB everyone’s taking about) or a standout like Williams. I see CB as more of a second/third-round pick, and I suspect they’ll ultimately take two CBs in the draft.

    On another note, this is another case of a major national “draftnik” going purely CW and failing to understand the nuances of individual teams. I get that the Steelers may need depth at safety, how is that a priority area of need, as McShay suggests? CB, I get. That’s obvious. But we have someone ready to step up as Troy’s replacement, if Troy retires/leaves. Sure, the Steelers might draft a safety, but not until much later, and it’s certainly not worth talking about in first-round mock.

  • steelster

    Lynch was drafted by buffalo and had all kinds of problems. Arrests, bad mouthing the city of buffalo.

  • ApexSteel

    When was Marcus Peters arrested?

  • Steeler Fanatic

    No i meant the guy wearing the b-itch mode tshirt, benedict arnold… Ehem legarette blount… I am just leery of character issues when thry need leadership guys

  • Steelers12328882

    I don’t think this team can handle players with character issues. Blount is an obvious example. Great player, but we’ll have to pass. Looks at Browns CB Justin Gilbert. Already considered a bust, and a lot of that has to do with his character

  • steelster

    The point is they both have big mouths. Peters has a history of arguing with coaches. So much so he got kicked off the team. He’s a major risk.

  • ApexSteel

    What are you talking about? Lynch is the opposite of that he clearly doesn’t like to talk.

  • kev4heels

    Really hope his character checks out and we pick him. A real shutdown corner that the Steelers haven’t had since Rod Woodson.

  • Brandon

    We can’t afford taking this corner in the first! I think there is to many good players that would fit in the later rounds at the same position I can see us taking a pass rusher in first round and a corner in the 2nd and 3rd.

  • still lit

    Again with the character thing. Watch Baltimore or New England take him and never have any problems. If Ozzie grabs this guy and pairs him with Smith, I’m going to wretch.

  • Brandon

    The hell with Flowers! Hes gonna want to much money. I say draft Ifo from Oregon in the 3rd or 4th! then resign Brice let Ifo learn the defense and rehab the knee for the first year then year two plug him in!

  • Brandon

    Man I agree with you 100 percent! I just think that because were goin through a transition on defense cant afford taking him a having to get rid of him because hes a problem! If we still had a great core of our vets on defense for 3 more years to help mentor this guy I’d say yes but we just cant afford the risk another team I have taken him is Seattle him and Marshawn Lynch are from same rough area in Oakland and have a big little brother relationship.

  • Brandon

    Marcus Peters is a better corner! Hes a much better tackler which was our FOs knock on Gilbert

  • SnoopDogg123

    Is this guy clearly the best CB in this draft?

  • Watch that vid of him playing Mortal Kombat.

  • Ike Evans

    Yes

  • SteelHorseman

    I say Williams in the 1st and Dorsett in the 2nd. Let’s see what this offense can really do

  • Brandon

    He is but there not a big drop off at all in talent from 1 to 4 cb in my opinion

  • Brandon

    What do you think Ike?

  • kdubs412

    I really can’t see us taking Peters at 22, too many off the field issues. I say go for an OLB or Maxx Williams at 22, then take one or two corners in rounds 2-4.

  • steelster

    Dorsett isn’t much bigger than archer. They have plenty of speed at wr.

  • kdubs412

    That would be my dream scenario. As to whether Maxx will last that long, Ebron did go tenth but he didn’t play very well, so that might scare teams away from reaching for Maxx in the first. I don’t think Rollins will last until the late second though; his stock is rising fast.

  • Ike Evans

    It’s not much difference between trae wayns, pj Williams, jalen Collins, Alex Carter, Ronald derby, or Kevin Johnson. Marcus Peters is better than them tho …. Marcus Peters is a tier above those guys but still not technically “elite” like a Joe Haden was considered or a Patrick Peterson was considered

  • SteelHorseman

    Archer is a change of pace back. Dorsett is a slot reciever

  • steelster

    Wheaton could be a good slot wr. So you want to spend a second round pick on a number 4 wr.

  • If that were to happen, I think the bloggers here at Steelers Depot would go nuts — in a good, celebratory way. And, I must say, I think I’d join them.

    I know there are many people against going TE in the first, but Williams looks like more and more of a no-brainer to me, a safer pick than any OLB or CB — and, potentially, a dream TE for years and years to come. And just think what Miller and Maxx could do together for a year or two.

    Rollins is one of the huge wild cards of the first two rounds. As it stands now, he could probably go anywhere between our pick in the first and the end of the second, possibly slipping into the third, but he seems to be on an upward trajectory given how much teams love raw talent and huge upside, and it’s hard to see him available at our pick in the second. Still, what this SI mock shows is that there’s a lot of second-round CB talent, and if it’s not Rollins there may be other good options.

  • SteelHorseman

    Wheaton impress you this year? Because right now, to me, after two years, it’s looking like he’s not getting offered a second contract

  • Brandon

    1st- Eli Harold OLB/DE Virginia , then move up in the top of 2nd give something up from next year 2nd-Marcus Peters or stay where were at and take Darby CB from FSU or CB Kevin Johnson Wake Forest, 3rd- Saftey Anthony Harris Virginia, 4th- Ifo Ikpre-Olomu CB Oregon, 4th- OSU LB/DE Noah Spence

  • steelster

    He’s really only played one year and yes i was impressed by him . Nice production for a first year starter.

  • This guy is clearly the best at his position and there is a clear gap between him and the other CBs imo….and when you’re picking at #22 and you can get a top 10 maybe 5 player overall and someone who is the best at their position where it happens to be a severe need area on your team, you do it and you don’t think twice.

    You pick him and give him all the support he needs, and hope he continues to develop into a great player at the next level, a great person in life,,, a man.

  • Brandon

    Right! I totally agree! Another thing to look at is scheme we play a lot of off man and zone. Ifo Ikpre Oregon and Kevin Johnson fit the bill from a scheme perspective! I also like Kevins Length a boi got long arms the knock on him is his weight but he can put on 10 pounds easy! I like the Ideal of takin him or Darby in the 2nd and Ifo-Ikpre in the 3rd or 4th check out my mock below and tell me what you think

  • NinjaMountie

    LOL, this would be one of the few scenarios having us take MW in the first that would have me jumping up and down in joy. If we did something like this we had better address our OLB deficiencies in FA.

  • Brandon

    Not so fast! Although I agree with the talent i think that we cant afford it at this point we are on a transition and dont even know if Jarvis is gonna be a bust. We took a gamble on him for the same reasons you listed under different circumstances( health concerns-spinal stenosis) I believe that If we can nail this draft and the next (2016 draft) We will have a great shot at going on multiple super bowl runs again. We need defense and if we can get it anywhere near what we had 5 years ago coupled with a number 1 offense we never had those years. Look out!

  • SteelHorseman

    Ha, someone is frustrated with our defense. I would love for some of those players to be available in the rounds you’ve indicated.

  • SteelHorseman

    I was disappointed. I expected more from him with a full off-season. We will see what happens in year three. That’s supposedly the make-or-break year for receivers. I just miss Wallace’s deep speed. Brown and Bryant are fast, but Wallace was at a different level. It seems like Dorsett might have Wallace-speed..

  • Brandon

    I know right! I just believe that if we can get our defense to top 5 couple with our offense we can go on multiple super bowl runs again, but we have to nail the draft this year and next year!

  • steelster

    And the same bad hands. I will take a wr that can catch the ball any day. Wheaton has good hands.

  • SteelHorseman

    It’s not worth it to argue about Wheaton. He’s serviceable…for now. I’m much more concerned with our o-line on offense.

  • SteelHorseman

    We will see what happens. I have a feeling they are going to take best player available regardless of whether it’s offense or defense. I do think we can get a bargin with one of the character concerns or injured players in rounds after the first.

  • Xclewsive

    I second this motion! Idk why fans keep mentioning off the field concerns. Peters had issue with the coaching staff, but what not being mentioned was he kept his scholarship. Plus the school would approve of any school he’d like to transfer too. I don’t know what kid is such a distraction that he get that type of treatment. Seems to me that the university was kind of siding with Peters.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Well said, Ninja. I would LOVE to have a talent like Peters on our roster. And CB is a huge area of need. But at this particular point in time we absolutely cannot afford the RISK of another locker room cancer.

    Again I’m not saying Peters IS a cancer. I’m saying he carries that risk. We just released our back up RB (Blount) to make a “team first” statement. Our back up WR (Moore) just asked for his release over lack of playing time. I just don’t see how Colbert/Tomlin would put bring in ANY guy would might generate bad chemistry (especially a first round pick).

    Last year I would’ve drafted Kyle Fuller (if the Bears hadn’t snatched him) and I believe Peters is of a similar talent level.

  • Well, I think Jarvis’ fall in the draft at the end of the day had more to do with his workout numbers than his medical situation to be honest with you, and I was hoping he would run slow so he might fall to us at first but after I saw his workouts and not just all the numbers but how he looked during them I really wasn’t thrilled about us taking him….if he would have just had a slow 40 time but looked good, strong, and explosive during all his other drills and positional drills (like Anquan Boldin yrs ago) I would have still been grateful he fell but he bombed just about every drill. doing poorly in one thing I don’t read too much into that especially depending on what drill it was and what position the player plays, but when you do poorly in everything that’s a totally different story. I would take Peters and put faith in our coaching staff and players to provide the proper support and environment needed for him to succeed plain and simple…but that’s just me. He would also bring some much needed attitude to not only our secondary but our defense.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Xclewsive – You make a very fair point. I don’t know exactly what happened at UW. All I know is that (typically) in order to kick your star player off your team it had to be a pretty big deal.

    I’m sure the Washington coaching staff has a very different story than what Peters is saying. But then again, they did the same thing to Danny Shelton. How do you cut both of your top two players? How do both players say/do something that drastic? There’s something weird going there and I don’t know how to tell who’s story is more accurate?

    I think the key word here is RISK. With so many big needs at CB, OLB, NT, S, TE, can we afford to risk that 1st round pick on the chance that the same situation won’t arise again? If we could get him in the 2nd round I think that’s a completely different story.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The combine will reveal a lot. But as of right now, it seems like Waynes is the only CB that would represent huge VALUE at 1.22.

    I think you are right when you say there should be a lot of good options at CB in the 2nd round. That’s where the value range projects to be.

    Rollins, Darby, Williams, Johnson, Ife, Collins. One of those guys will be there at 2.23.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I agree with everything you’ve said except I think the Steelers are definitely looking at a safety in the first 3 rounds. We’ll be able to tell a lot more when we see who they bring in for their interviews, but I think they are going to release Troy and they have a lot of doubts about Shamarko.

  • Weiss Chad

    I do right now.It seems to me a lot of teams will be looking for other needs above tight end.I don’t see him in top ten so that leaves 11 more spots.Its always a crap shoot so it’s really hard to tell,Exspecially this early

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed.

    Although I’m interested to see what Waynes runs. I think he burns it up he will be viewed by some teams as elite. For me he’s right on that border. But definitely not in the Haden/Revis range.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    You’re going to catch a lot of heat on this board for comments like that… but I like your style. 🙂

    If we went Maxx Williams TE at 1.22 and a premiere OT/OG at 2.23 I would be doing cartwheels. But I guarantee you some fans would be burning their Steeler memorabilia in the streets.

  • You may be right, but I just don’t think safety is that much a priority for them — certainly not the first two rounds, though maybe the third if the talent/value is there. But they might try to get by with that they’ve got at safety for one more year, including Troy. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but (and correct me if I’m wrong) I don’t think they’ll save a lot by cutting Troy. So maybe go into the year with Mitchell and Troy again, but giving Shamarko an opportunity to step up — remember, his development has been seriously derailed by injuries; if he can stay healthy, their doubts might be eased.

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers need to try some “risk”, but conservative hasn’t been working. The Steelers lack gifted athletes on defense especially in the secondary with Troy nearing the end. Is Peters worth the risk? Yes if I was making the call. But that isn’t the same for everybody.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Very leery of going with Peters if he is very risky. I would want someone that I feel is a no miss (never guaranteed I know) and try to solve the corner problem via quantity drafted fairly high.

    I am leaning more and more towards Maxx Williams in first. If Miller goes down, our offense hopefully can continue carrying the team with Williams. And we have Millers replacement all ready to go for the future along with possibly being creative with two tight ends this coming year. After taking care of the offense in the 1st, start a string of corners in the draft. Hopefully with a deep corner draft, we can find an upgrade in the 2nd and 3rd rounds at corner on both picks. I would try to resign Worilds and go FA for our OLB problem to take the sting of not drafting an OLB in the 1st couple rounds. Even if Troy retires, we have Shark (fingers crossed the man can play) and Allen and Mitchell as other safeties so I wouldn’t pick safety until 4th or later. Another RB and DLman should be taken but not until 5 round or later. I am satisfied with O-line for another year and would only look there in the last couple rounds if not at all and only going UDFA route there.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    We save $3.75 million by cutting Troy. It’s significant if it means the difference between signing a legit free agent CB/OLB or not.

    To me, Chris Hackett (TCU) in the 3rd round would be an ideal pick. A true ball hawking free safety who can give our CB’s legitimate help over the top.

    Then we can move Mitchell down to strong safety (where I believe he’s a better fit) and keep Shark at back up/dime.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The thing I agree with you on is we definitely need more gifted athletes. Guys who can dominate their man physically (1-on-1).

    Peters fits that bill. There is no risk on his talents. If Colbert and Tomlin determine he will be a good teammate I would be elated to have him.

    I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic teammate when everything is going well. I just don’t know that you or I can say for certain what will happen if and when Peters starts getting upset/frustrated.

  • Okay, that is a lot. And you have an intriguing plan, to be sure.

  • SteelHorseman

    I appreciate it. Let’s just be happy those same people aren’t our GM. I think o-line is as important as any position on D, especially after seeing what Suggs did to ur right tackle this year

  • Ike Evans

    No doubt about it… If trae runs a 4.47 or less he’s up there…. I think jalen Collins will run a 4.3 and will be drafted b4 anyone else at cb. While I love Marcus Peters and think he’s the best if Janoris Jenkins didn’t go till the second round because of off the field I don’t think Peters goes till the second round either at least . I would be happy with derby or Johnson. As far as our scheme tho who knows what Butler will do. We may end up running more man coverages. If we do run zone like we have with LeBeau… The guy I think is a perfect fit is Alex Carter from Stanford… He may be the best off coverage corner in college football and he has a mean streak

  • Ike Evans

    No doubt about it… If trae runs a 4.47 or less he’s up there in the top 15 but there’s also a good chance jalen Collins will run a 4.3 and will be drafted b4 anyone else at cb. Also While I love Marcus Peters and think he’s the best if Janoris Jenkins didn’t go till the second round because of off the field I don’t think Peters goes till the second round either at least

  • Ike Evans

    Wheaton would be better in the slot…the position in our offense he plays isn’t the most glamorous as far as the routes he runs. Doesn’t showcase ones full ability… Hence why Manny went friggin crazy in Denver. That wasn’t simply a product of playing with Peyton. The offense he was in and his function within that offense allowed him to showcase his strengths more often than in Pittsburgh

  • Xclewsive

    I think you kind of answered your own question when you mentioned Colbert/Tomlin determining Peters as a teammate. I’m glad Marcus Peters had the skirmish with the coaching staff because the Steelers wouldn’t have a shot in the world to draft him otherwise. The Steelers wanted Justin Gilbert who I don’t believe is as good as a CB that Peters was in college.

  • Xclewsive

    I agree with the Steelers drafting Maxx Williams, but I do think the Steelers will do thorough homework on Peters.

  • SnoopDogg123

    Well if Peters is a tier above those guy, then my guess is that he’s gone by pick #22 & potentially the 1st CB off the board.

  • SteelHorseman

    I don’t know what to say about Manny. He certainly seemed more motivated to catch the ball for Peyton. Are you saying manny was slot or on the outside in Denver this past season?

  • Ike Evans

    Maybe….. Maybe not… Just depends on how scared teams are

  • Ike Evans

    He was outside mostly in Denver but they did do some interesting things with him and Ju Ju Thomas out of the slot sometimes…. Im saying in haleys system the slot position is way less restrictive than the “y” position that Manny played here and wheaton plays now…. I think wheaton would shine more playing slot in our system. The problem with that is we run alot of “heavy” formations with 2 tightends or an extra lineman that one could argue we don’t even utilize the slot position in the offense as much. As a result le’veon is kind of our defacto slot receiver

  • Weiss Chad

    Cleveland could have a lot of interest in him but let’s not fool ourselves they are not that smart.Id say most bloggers on here are totally on board w Williams.

  • cp72

    Conservative hasn’t been working…..we haven’t had a losing season in a decade. We have drafted 4 pro bowlers over the last four years. We have as talented of an offensive unit as there is in the NFL.

    I tell you what didn’t work Chris Rainey and Mike Adams. Two guys with big red flags, and ultimately a waste of two draft picks.

  • hanjonquin

    Rollins is/will be a better CB, best hands in the draft at his position and it isn’t close. I am not on board with Williams in the 1st, unless we sign a CB in free agency, if we can get them both(can’t see them both being available when we pick but you never know, who thought Decastro would fall to us, and to a lesser degree JJ) then great. A Rollins/Williams/Golden 1-2-3 would be very nice.

  • steelmann58

    I all in for Peters the best cb iin this draft

  • Reno

    Feel the same way. After possibly missing with Jones part of me wants more of a guarantee. But if he is good as people say he is he may be worth the risk. If Waynes, M. Williams and Dupree are gone he may be worth the risk. If you think about it there was an element of risk with their first round picks in Jones and Shazier anyway. Moseley was the safer pick and Jones with injury concerns.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d see where his head and if he can be coached he’d be a steal in the first round for the Steelers. It means taking a big risk but with the lack of CB depth on the roster it might be a chance they can’t pass up.

  • Weiss Chad

    Spence is transferring.Not entering draft

  • Weiss Chad

    We are lacking in so many spots on defense and you wanna go offense in first two rounds?The best offense in steelers history to go along with one of the worse defenses I have seen in last thirty years.To take Williams in the first I could find some justification for and like the idea.I couldn’t disagree more w a wr in the second round and I don’t know where to begin.Do I start with the fact we have one of best wr groups in league or the steelers can find wr anywhere in draft etc….

  • Weiss Chad

    Imo there will be a couple cbs there in second round for the taking.This would be ok Imo as long as we address olb beforehand

  • Robert Gay

    I’m with X on this one I would love to take this guy…. Even if he is the “rambunctious sort” the coach has the respect of his players…. Not to mention I don’t see a 5’11” cornerback getting a wild notion to choke Joey porter…. From what I’ve read there was never a football problem and I think the lockeroom issues wouldn’t be a problem at all…. Just my thoughts….

  • i agree but I but if Gilbert and Fuller both were on the board I think Steelers would have went Fuller

  • i like the way you think

  • ive been thinking along those lines too. Maxx would definitely gives us an Awesome check down option even after Ben is gone. Also why i think it’s important we ramp up this defense again. By the time Ben is retired, if we could have worked our way back to elite status on D, that would REALLY ease the transition into life after Ben

  • just saying if we drafted a guy like this and FO was honestly concerned about his character, I’d like to see Ike stay one more year as help with the investment, show him how a professional handles business.

  • Xclewsive

    Not having a losing seasons is like almost winning the lottery. When the Steelers have missed the playoffs 3 out of the last 5 yrs and been bounced in the first round the two times they made it. I don’t see how someone can get excited about that.

    The Steelers need “attitude” on defense which they severely lack. The Steelers defense consist of a bunch of softies with very little moxy and grit. Harrison had attitude, Porter had attitude, Lloyd had attitude. Who has attitude on this defense……………

  • Robert Gay

    I have more thoughts… I will start by saying if there is a top ten talent available at pick twenty two it would be a good idea to grab that talent especially when it happens to fill a glaring need on the defense… A defense that we all hope makes its way back into the top five at least…. This is the type of player that can help on that journey….
    As far as the “character issues” go lets take a gander at a few of the players we love and revere…. Joey Porter invited ray Lewis off of the bus for a fight…. He also got into a fight before a cleveland game that allowed another player in James Harrison; another player with a nasty side to come in and flourish… One of my new favorite steelers Cam Heyward fights every year in training camp…. Cody Wallace tried to perform a battlefield surgery on a dolphins player…. Greg Lloyd use to wear a tee shirt that read “I was not hired for my disposition…” Maurkice Pouncey has a mean streak in him as well…. A couple of years ago Embernasty was all the rage because of the mean streak and above all we a guy that was not named “Nice” Joe Green….
    It appears to me that a guy that may get angry and lash out from time to time is a guy that many of us can grow to root for…
    Marcus Peters may get angry and hopefully that will cause twenty one other teams to pass on him…. It would be refreshing to me to see a guy out there that can actually cover and possibly create some much needed turnovers…. Peters is the type of on field presence that can make some wonderful things happen for this defense… It sure would be a welcome change from watching a player that couldn’t catch a cold butt naked, soaking wet in the North Pole, kissing a Komodo dragon…
    I know I will get ripped to shreds for this it just seemed a little odd to me that we would not want that kind of talent…. I would love a great pass rusher also even a top notch safety but I wouldn’t throw this guy on the scrap heap because he got pissed off and I don’t know what led up to it…. I’m also hearing that it would be too big a risk and a gamble; the entire draft is exactly that… Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf were cant miss guys with no personality concerns or “behavioral” issues…
    Ok I’m off of my soap box for now so lets have at it….