Falcons sign 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.

Defensive tackle Corey Peters, one of the Falcons third round draft picks, signed a four-year contract worth $3.297 million with team on Tuesday.

Peters, the 83rd pick overall, played at Kentukcy and was a three-year starter. Peters, who received a $767,000 signing bonus on his 22nd birthday,  is the first Falcons draft pick to sign this season. They also selected Alabama offensive lineman Mike Johnson in the third round, 98th overall.

“The Falcons organization was great,” said Greg Linton, Peters’ Louisville-based agent. “We both wanted a fair deal and I think we achieved that. We worked out the details last night and kind of agreed to it this morning.”

Peters, 6-3, 305 pounds,  made the SEC Academic honor roll twice at Kentucky.

“I got to call Corey and tell him that he was signing the contract on his birthday, that was a good feeling, ” Linton said.

Peters, who was projected to go in the fourth round, was selected with the 83rd overall pick.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper termed the move a “slight reach” on his draft board. Kiper also said that Peters has a “ways to go” and that he was a “developmental” player.

With the Falcons’ top pick from last year, defensive tackle Peria Jerry, still recovering from a knee injury, the teamed needed to add depth to the interior defensive line. If Jerry’s recovery hits a snag, Peters may have to play immediately.

At Kentucky, he played as a freshman.

Peters was a wrestler in high school. He has great body control and knows how to use his leverage and fight with his hands.

He became just the third member of the 2010 third round draft class to sign.

Florida safety Major Wright, who was selected 75th overall by Chicago, signed a four-year deal worth $3.363.

Ohio wide receiver Taylor Price, the 90th pick overall by New England, signed a four-year deal worth $3.35.

All of the contracts have a fourth year escalator clause.

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39 comments Add your comment

GT97

June 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

Dang! Where is everyone at. I guess First! Huh..Huh..

falconfan70

June 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

first…lol..just wanted to do that…

GT97

June 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Actually. They better all sign to try and get some money because a lockout is looming soon. For the fan, I think I will cancel my direct TV and NFL ticket and hold out to see what deals they offer me.

fansince74

June 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

2nd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fansince74

June 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

Or third !!!!!!!!!!!!

3RD DOWN RB. NOT NORWOOD.

June 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

Mel Kiper Dracula hair is a slight reach.

falconfan70

June 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

oh well not first…I don’t know about this pick.I agree we needed help on the D-line but Peters was a reach here. I believe we could have made a trade and still got him in the 4th. round..Hopefully I’m wrong and he will prove his worth… Go Falcons!!!!

suwaneefalcon

June 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

Why do I have the feeling that this guy will have been a steal with the third pick? Something I like about his work habits. I guess time will tell.

fansince74

June 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

I’m glad the Falcons have Peters signed. I think he’ll do well

Billy

June 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

Now, let’s get the rest of them signed before the start of training camp.

[...] [Falcons] Falcons Sign 3rd Rd. Pick DT Corey Peters Defensive tackle Corey Peters, the Falcons third round draft pick, signed a 4-year contract worth $3.3 million with team on Tuesday. Peters, the 83rd pick overall, played at Kentukcy and was a three-year starter. He is the first Falcons draft pick to sign this season. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

Terrell

June 8th, 2010
3:38 pm

falconfan70,

If you had paid attention to the draft you would’ve noticed that DTs were going off the board quickly, and it was said that had we skipped him then the Browns would’ve taken him 2 picks later.

Hamp

June 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

I can’t stand the pall bearer creepy looking kiper. He is wrong way more times than he is right. I don’t know why ESPN makes you pay for his stuff on the insider its trash anyway. I hope Corey peters buys a ESPN mag and on kipers write ups wipes with it. I can’t stand that big haired moron. Sorry I’ll count to ten now! (whispering) Go peters.

Alabamadawg

June 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

Sorry, but I can’t put much stock in what Mel Kiper has to say until he puts more stock into that haircut.

doggoneit

June 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

Thats alot of money! Dang, that makes the 50k a year I’m making seem like nothing (well it is).

Whopper Dawg

June 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

We have a lot of developmental players.

SEC Drywall Laborer

June 8th, 2010
3:52 pm

Hamp,

Kiper is pretty good with his evaluations. Sounds like you are a tad jealous/naive or just hate that someone can make bank evaluating college football players.

Clearly character played a big role in this selection and let’s just hope it pays dividends on Sundays.

tyger

June 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Cant go wrong deepening the D-Line.

Jerry hurting, Babx suspended, Jamaal is Jamaal, Walker, Lewis, Johnson backups.

Hamp

June 8th, 2010
4:01 pm

@ SEC Drywall Laborer No I just don’t like him Mayock and the guy that works with him are both better. Cory Chavious is a better draft anaylst than Kiper.

How many times in the first round was he back peddling and stuttering when the guy he said would go did not go. It happened a lot a guy his supposed expertise should have a high correct rate in the first roung. Mayock was a lot better on his prediction and analysis. Just my opinion I respect yours. Pay attention to future draft if his sidekick does not out right take is job.

And he never has much to say about the falcons except onliners.

Big B CH 99

June 8th, 2010
4:21 pm

If Jerry isn’t ready to go at the beginning of the season, Peters could start the opener opposite Vance. (Assuming Babs is suspended). For a 7th rd pick, Vance actually played pretty well last yr when given the opportunity. I know I’m biased b/c he’s from Tech, but I think he’s the type guy that may never be a starter, but has the potential to be a real good backup, rotation guy. If you’re gonna play a 4-3, you need to have at least 3, ideally 4 DT’s to rotate.

GetwhatUpayfor

June 8th, 2010
4:26 pm

Who the blank is KIPER? A Sports Wiz that thinks he know everthing. Good job Falcons, Now get the rest signed and play ball.

GetwhatUpayfor

June 8th, 2010
4:27 pm

sorry about that . My boss just walked in. (knows everything)

blackbee

June 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

We should have taken UGA Jeff Owens later like in the 5th. TD will try and make this guy a player like the Falcons did with Anderson DE but lets just see who will become the more productive

blackbee

June 8th, 2010
4:41 pm

the Falcons should have taken UGA Jeff Owens, we could have got him in the 5th, watch and see.

SimpleDawg

June 8th, 2010
4:41 pm

Mel Kiper is a prime example of someone who talks soooo much that sometimes he’s right.

I agree that McShay is better….and without all of the blather, lather, and slobber.

Penrod

June 8th, 2010
4:46 pm

24TH! YES!!!

FEAR THE TALON

June 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

MEL WHO??!! HOW MANY NFL FRONT OFFICE JOB’S HAS THIS AZZ CLOWN EVER HAD??!! HHHMMMMMM….HOW ABOUT ZERO,NADA,NONE,ZILTCH!!! ALL’S I KNOW IS T.D.&CO. BROKE CLEVELAND’S HEART B/C THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD HIM IN THE BAG!! INSTEAD THEY HAD TO SETTLE FOR THAT CANDY AZZ PIXIE Q.B. FROM texass!!!

JWilliams

June 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

I hope they signed Harvey #17, the Wideout from Villnova. My and I watched him @ Flowery Branch and he caught every pass except one bad throw from Matt. He’s pretty fast, 6′4, great route runner, and the best hands I saw that practice. Please youtube him. The Falcons can really use this guy and get him for a cheap price.

Paddy

June 8th, 2010
5:35 pm

Kiper is just like the rest of us working stiffs, trying to make a buck. I really don’t care what he says about any player. Just wait till they strap it on and then deciede for yourself.

ET

June 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

Wow, this is the closest to first I’ve ever come. Now I don’t feel like a total loser…just a really big loser. As for Peters I will let you know if this is a good move in 3 years. Until then I will keep trying to justify my existance by trying to be first. Wow, I still can’t believe that I came this close. Now I won’t get any sleep tonight.

SirReal

June 8th, 2010
7:51 pm

(SIGH) snore snore

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
9:26 pm

Good. Now get him to work, we may need him early on this season.

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Falcon57

June 9th, 2010
10:42 am

I agree with SuwaneeFalcon, I have a feeling that Peteres is going to turn out to be a steel for a 3rd round pick. He’s played very well in the SEC against some tough competition and he’s smart. The kid seems to have the size and motivation you like to see on your d-line. Hope it works out well for him and the Falcons!!

DeeFalconMan

June 9th, 2010
2:15 pm

I think the Peters has potential but it seems they every one has forgotten how promising Trey Lewis was before he got hurt and slowed with the knee injury. I think this year in training camp he is really going to step up and earn more PT so I wouldn’t put Peters over him on the depth chart. Trey has had about 2 years to recover from that injury now and has more experience in the playbook. I am pulling for Trey to earn more mins…….shouldn’t we expect more out of him?

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eyesripdopen85

June 10th, 2010
1:02 pm

TD knows what he is doing. Corey peters is a great addition to the falcons. Although i believe that Jerry will be back causing all those line men and QBs havocc I still see peters getting some pt. The word in ATL is not to sleep on Try Lewis this year he is very hungry and out to prove something this year GL lewis i hope you do contribute to OUR SUPERBOWL VICTORY THIS YEAR GO FALCONS!!

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