Kevin Peterson, CB
School: Oklahoma State | Conference: BIG-12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 173 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th or 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Brandon Boykin
Kevin Peterson originally committed to Oklahoma before committing to rival Oklahoma State. In high school, he was the state 100-meter and 200-meter dash champion. Peterson has a smaller frame which may limit him to nickel corner in the NFL. Though he may be limited to this role in the pro's Peterson has plenty of upside. Peterson's strength is defending the underneath routes. He has the speed to stick with slot guys and reads the receiver well to anticipate the pass. One of the most impressive things about Peterson is that he plays bigger than he is. He isn't afraid to help out in run support, deliver a good hit, and be a nuisance to opposing receivers. Another plus is he's a smart player that plays with good awareness and IQ. Peterson played opposite of Justin Gilbert up until 2013 but really shined taking over the leadership role in the OSU secondary in his junior and senior seasons improving his tackle and pass defended numbers. NFL analyst Chad Rueter calls Peterson one of the toughest corners in this draft class.
- Plays with passion and intensity – plays with confidence not afraid to mix it up acts like he's a 6'1 200 lb corner.
- Smart player. He can recognize plays quickly has good awareness on the field he closes quickly on the ball to make a play on it or make the tackle.
- Peeks at the QBs eyes to see where the ball is going and looks for it in the air.
- Held his own against top receivers in BIG-12.
- Undersized to play outside and unlikely to put on 10-15 lbs of quality weight most likely a pure slot corner at the next level.
- Tackle fundamentals could be better. He's willing to hit but doesn't always wrap up.
- If he does line up outside he is prone to getting bodied by bigger receivers (see Treadwell tape).
Let's see his work:
Kevin Peterson has been really impressive at corner today. #SeniorBowl— Steve Shoup (@Steveospeak) January 27, 2016
Kevin Peterson is a very good corner. No match for Treadwell on the deep ball. Money throw by Kelly too.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 2, 2016
One of my major checks for a corner is can/are they willing to tackle. Kevin Peterson can and does. Major ups for him.— Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze) November 22, 2015
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
The Redskins should be looking for corner help this draft and Peterson could provide a long-term solution in the slot. The problem is I'm not sure if we are looking for a pure slot corner. McCloughan tends to draft bigger corners that can play both outside and inside and though Peterson is a competitive, tough, passionate player with a track record of production I'm not sure he can shake the concerns about his size. There could be other corners with more desirable size we look at during the mid-rounds. I'm a fan of Peterson and I think he has a definite role in the NFL but for all his positives I just can't see the Redskins drafting a 173-pound corner.