I'm trying to think of the last time the Kansas City Chiefs drafted someone in the first round and we knew quickly he would be a good player. Dee Ford (2014) wasn't a starter right away, Eric Fisher (2013) continues to take his time, Dontari Poe (2012) took a year, we were convinced Jon Baldwin (2011) was great until he wasn't and then Eric Berry (2010) who looked like the real deal right away, although even Berry had his criticisms.
The Chiefs 2015 first round pick CB Marcus Peters looks more at the moment to be trending towards Berry rather than Baldwin.
Here's another big one: NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who his very respected, picks Marcus Peters to win the defensive rookie of the year. That hasn't happened since Charles Woodson in 1998. That is some high, high praise.
I don't think the Chiefs take lightly putting a rookie cornerback out on the first team. I saw Peters in camp a few times and he physically looks the part of a Chiefs corner who is going to bump you at the line. He did a nice job in two preseason games so far lining up with the first team defense. Then there are practice highlights such as these:
Chiefs practice is over. Some highlights: Marcus Peters ended a 2-min drill with a fourth down pick in the end zone, Cut in front of Maclin— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 24, 2015
No pads, so it wasn't competitive. Still, another big day for Marcus Peters. 3 picks, 2 off deflections. He dropped a 4th— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 25, 2015
I wrote a few weeks ago that Peters is the most important development for the Chiefs at training camp so far. (Some people said that should be Fisher, but we knew what Fisher was and who he was likely going to be.) Peters' play was an unknown coming into this thing so that he is showing signs of life is really encouraging.