Falcons Q&A: Meet third round pick Corey Peters

Corey Peters was a three-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Corey Peters was a three-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats.

NAME:  COREY PETERS, Age 21.

POSITION: Defensive tackle

SCHOOL: Kentucky (Louisville Central High)

HT, WT: 6-foot-3, 300-pounds.

DRAFTED:  Third round, (83 overall)

Q: When did you visit the Falcons?

A: “When I visited the Falcons it was the last possible date. Last Thursday was the cut off (for visits) so it was like Wednesday or Tuesday. They did not come up to Kentucky to work me out, but we’ve been in contact. I felt like they were extremely interested. I’m so excited.”

Q: Who’s your agent?

A: “My agent’s name is Greg Linton.”

Q: What’s your max on lifting 225 pounds?

A: “I did it 26 times on my pro day.”

Q: How do you see yourself fitting into the Falcons defense?

A: “I’m extremely comfortable playing in the 4-3. Here at Kentucky we play the 4-3 and we played some three-technique as well as some shaded nose. I’m extremely comfortable. Fifty percent of the time we were using three-technique and fifty percent we were over the nose. I’m just extremely comfortable and looking forward to working my way into the starting rotation and getting on the field.”

Q: What are some of things that you would identify as your strengths and some of the things you need to work on?

A: “I think I’m really a heady player. I’m really focused during the week. I prepare myself well. I know my opponent’s weaknesses and I think I do a good job taking advantage of that. I still have some things that I need to work on. I need to work on my strength and conditioning a little bit. Those are the two major things that I feel like I can improve on. Of course, my technique could always be better. I’m just looking forward to learning from some established coaches and having an opportunity to get better.”

Q: What do you think you showed the Falcons to move up on the board and take you? There were a lot of projections that had you going much later than the third round?

A: “I saw some of the projections. On my visits, I visited four different teams, and I asked all of the coaches where they thought I would go. They were much higher than the projections. I wasn’t paying too much attention to that. But I do appreciate the Falcons for believing in me and thinking I can come in and do everything that they want me to do. I’m looking forward to proving them right.”

Q: Who were the other teams?

A: “I also visited the Titans, the Ravens and the Jets.”

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Meatlake

April 26th, 2010
7:10 am

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Meatlake

April 26th, 2010
7:11 am

Best of luck Corey.

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jkos

April 26th, 2010
7:18 am

Hope you have a long productive career for the Falcons!

The Real Falcon

April 26th, 2010
8:18 am

We can oly hope he will receive the type of coaching that will lead to a better disciplined athlete.

Hangman

April 26th, 2010
8:26 am

PUT A RED CAPE ON HIM AND CALL HIM SUPERMAN….ATLANTA WILL LOVE HIM.

Dominic Hughes

April 26th, 2010
8:31 am

Welcome to the Falcons Corey. I liked this pick as soon as I saw it come up. I know I’m in the minority but with Peria Jerry’s knee still a question and Babs likely to cop a suspension, I wanted another DT somewhere in the draft. Looking forward to seeing this young man take his play to the next level with hard work and good coaching.

dave

April 26th, 2010
8:33 am

Welcome to ATL, Corey. Falcons football is the most important sport in my life, and i hope you share that passion. Keep your nose clean and your head in the game, and one day, I hope you wave to me from atop a firetruck going down Peachtree Street all decked out in “Super Bowl Champion” regalia.

dave

PMC

April 26th, 2010
8:41 am

So he’s comfortable at either tackle position beautiful. This is really going to help the inside rotation. I think they wanted quickness over bulk. I guess they aren’t concerned about endurance since they have the rotation.

JimDog

April 26th, 2010
9:08 am

This guy man-handled UGA’s offensive front last year. He will be an excellent addition to the Falcons.

Ryno

April 26th, 2010
9:11 am

[i]A: “I also visited the Titans, the Ravens and the Jets.” [/i]

These are three of the best defensive teams in the league. If they worked him out prior to the draft, this could be a very valuable pick indeed!

Charles J.

April 26th, 2010
9:12 am

Welcome to the ATL Corey and I hope you have a very good career here, as well as the rest of the 2010 draft picks. GO FALCONS

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 26th, 2010
9:21 am

sounds like a solid guy. DOL- are the Falcons likely to pursue the WR from MISSOU that went undrafted? Danario Alexander- had some impressive stats and is 6′ 4″- how could they not?

waynester

April 26th, 2010
9:29 am

We wouldn’t have taken him where we did if we didn’t know whe he is on field and off inside and out. I’m not too worried about P Jerry’s knee– it’s Babineaux. Despite being a force on our DL he brought disrepute to the team and regardless of the legal outcome, we seem to have set some fairly rigid personal responsibility standards that will only work if consistently enforced. We’re trying to build a team-first ethic with the men were adding the past few drafts in an effort to completely change the losing culture that previously plagued us for decades. Peters could wind up contributing a lot more than anyone thinks right now. It’s vital that everyone in the lockerroom buy in to unselfishness. The way we rotate people it means individual stats may suffer. That’s why we draft these type guys. It’s all part of the plan….

IceFan

April 26th, 2010
9:30 am

As a lifelong KY football fan now living here this is great! When I saw the pick I jumped up, initially because he’s a Wildcat. Then I remembered how solid he has looked in SEC play and I realized this is a good pick. May have gotten him later, but when GM’s see what they want they get it when it’s there.

Good Luck Corey!!!!!

ATL Fan

April 26th, 2010
9:46 am

I was surprised by this pick considering JA98 will likely be spending much of his playing time at DT. However, it does open up possibilities. Corey looks like he could really help. Looling forward to the coming season.

BFALCON

April 26th, 2010
9:50 am

Falcons draft will be a wait and see one. I like Spoon and Franks, Johnson to contribute right away. Meier over C.Mitchell do not understand. Why was no DE taken? E.Griffen in 4th would have been a steal. Falcons need to sign J.Henderson and trade for O.Umenorya

NOT IMPRESSED

April 26th, 2010
9:55 am

Here is a quote from Pittsburgh newspaper on drafting Jon Dwyer, Falcons idiots for not taking him…

“The Steelers drafted another wishbone back well into the draft 20 years ago when Barry Foster of Arkansas came to them in the fifth round.

All Foster did was set the Steelers’ record with 1,690 yards rushing in 1992.

“Not often do you find 230-pound halfbacks with his ability with the ball in his hands,” Wilson said.

Dwyer averaged more than 6 yards a carry at Georgia Tech.

“This kid’s broken a lot of long runs,” said Kevin Colbert, the Steelers’ director of football operations. “We think there’s something there we all haven’t seen yet.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10115/1053206-66.stm#ixzz0mDKVckCy

RGO67

April 26th, 2010
10:05 am

Why is everybody forgetting about Biermann, Sidbury, and Davis?

mountain_jim

April 26th, 2010
10:09 am

I also had hoped for a late Dwyer pick. I trust TD on when he picked Corey and that the pick filled a need and was not really the reach some have said.

RGO67

April 26th, 2010
10:10 am

Welcome Corey to the ATL, he will be a Great Addition to the Dirty Birds Nest!

waynester

April 26th, 2010
10:23 am

It’s not that Dwyer wasn’t worthy of being picked– we have some solid fullbacks already and can afford to wait.

Da BOYS

April 26th, 2010
10:28 am

Hey did anyone see that Cowboys Draft pick Dez Bryant. Super Bowl

Mike is Back

April 26th, 2010
10:42 am

DLed, I really like the pick. TD and MS are creating a lot of competition at a position of need. I thought the DLine started to gel towards the end of the season. I look for Corey to steal someone’s playing time when they lock it up in training camp…Could be another impact guy.

Freddie: G

April 26th, 2010
10:53 am

I liked the pick, I saw him destroy the Dawgs Oline last season, but then again most Dlinemen did so. Corey can be a very good player, as he has shown he has the ability, it will depend on whether he has the desire to become great.

Mel Kiper

April 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Let’s see D. Orlando Ledbetter got the first 3 picks that everyone knew and then went o for the rest of the draft. What an idiot lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I am sure he will spin like last year when he said he got 27 of 32 picks right, a stupid liar!!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
11:15 am

Mel Kiper — Why the Hate. (I got Spiller to Bills at 9; I got Mathews to Chargers, just didn’t have them moving up. Have several nice picks. Had Pouncey correctly going before 19. That’s just off the top of my head. I’ll assess the Mock on Friday.)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
11:15 am

Mel Kiper — Get a new hairdo!!!

Mystikal

April 26th, 2010
11:56 am

DOL, from your experience do you t hink with certain positions players just make great plays or do players tend to just succeed depending on the system they play in. For example Adalius Thomas we great when he was with the Ravens, but has since struggled with the Pats. And how do you feel about the falcons D-line as players vs the system we run? What ya think?

Chaseolla'

April 26th, 2010
12:25 pm

Great pick..hasexplosice sppeed up the middle , needs to work on technique and stay low so experienced OL can’t take advantage.

Mystikal

April 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

I must say after now witnessing the past few drafts that unless you have a sure fire prospect to go on it is more beneficial to trade down and accumulate more picks or trade picks for players. Being that so many first rounders don’t pan out and are such large investments financially. That is how the Colts and Pats haave had success for so long. Plus picking guys in later rds that have been looked over gives them that extra chip on their shoulder and makes them want to prove ppl wrong. There is less pressure on those guys to produce and teams don’t invest so much.

Monkalicious

April 26th, 2010
12:38 pm

I like him the more I read about him. He sounds like a sharp guy who really understands the game

Singletary

April 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

DLed, you are so right. Kiper’s fur has got to be pruned. How can someone be both snarky and smarmy at the same time? My beloved and I put up with Billick on NFL Network to get away from Kiper though we adore Boomer & TJ. What’s your feeling on DE? I’m betting on our multi-tasker Kroy Beirmann to step up.

Da BOYS

April 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

DALLAS, DALLAS, DALLAS,Cowboys

Mikey Smith

April 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Hey Da Boys F- Dallas and tony romeo

Da BOYS

April 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Hater in the house

Paddy

April 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

This gives the D line rotation what they really needed. I think it was a very smart pick by the Falcons.

Yulee Falcom

April 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

I like the pick and can see him coming in for relief towards the middle of the season.

I still think Big John Henderson is coming to Atlanta before the season starts. He would be a great mentor for PJ and Peters, plus he plays his a$$ of for Coach Smitty.

G Money

April 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Hey D-LEd, question for ya. How healthy is William Moore coming into this summer? looked for big things from him last year but ended up on the IR, just wondering where they seem him fitting in next year?

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

I think Peters is going to be better than expected, sooner than expected.

Why in the devil would we want Dwyer? We have Turner and Snelling, two guys who have proven they can get yards in the NFL. We have Ovie Mughelli at FB, and Jerious Norwood on the side. And if the Falcons are idiots for not taking him, then 30 other teams are just as stupid, right?

Notice when Dwyer got picked….hint, hint…

Steve Bartkowski

April 26th, 2010
3:39 pm

I like the Peters pick. Do ya thuink this might spell the end of Jamaal Anderson’s stay in Atlanta?

Still kind of wondering why we didn’t pick up a DE, I’m not entirely sold on Biermann et al……

And about Mel Kiper…..dude hasn’t changed his hairstyle since he played Eddie Munster in the 70’s…..

Charles J.

April 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

Agreed Mike Smith Da Boys need to fimd away to carry that out and if he can’t please his self maybe he could get Tony Homeo to help him out.
I think this will turn out to be a very good draft and I’m loving those CFA even more as I’m looking them up.

sffalcon

April 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

Any thoughts on a marcus spears pick up from dallas?

Tosin

April 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

Any chances Mike Smith might get Henderson who was just recently released from the Jaguars?
Any chances the Falcons pick up Adulus Thomas LB from the Patriots?

alanfalcon

April 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

Cowboy DEZ BRYANT, how long before he shows up on the police blotter?

OpenMinded

April 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

DOL…. Bartkowski had a great question…..will we dump Anderson and save the salary now that we have Peters?…. seems like we attempt to justify the Jamal Anderson pick by amending his role or do they really think he has talent as a tackle?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Steve — That is a possibility. I wouldn’t rule it out.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

Tosin - I think Henderson wants too much money. Thomas rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his actions in New England.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

G Money — Moore has been very diligent about studying film. He’s trying to get there. Health-wise I know he’ll be ready for training camp. Don’t know about mini-camp and OTAs. Need to check with coach Smith.