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Marcus Peters nearly unanimous rookie of the year, says the Chiefs 'stole the draft' last year

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Five separated Marcus Peters from being the unanimous winner of the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year. Peters, who won the award at the NFL Honors show on Saturday night, received 45 of the 50 total votes for the award.

Bills CB Ronald Darby, who was Peters' main competition as the season winded down, received four votes. Pro Football Focus (infamously) rated Darby higher than Peters. Some numbers may have supported Darby - Peters gave up a lot of yards last season but was also the most targeted corner in the league - but the difference Peters made in the Chiefs secondary was evident. The Chiefs went from a team with six total interceptions last year to eight alone from Peters. He was a difference maker.

That's why some folks, including Peters, might say the Chiefs stole the draft last year. In fact, that's exactly what Peters said. I thought I heard him say that during his acceptance speech on Saturday night and then in this post-awards media session Peters clearly says the Chiefs stole the draft last year (video above).

"The Chiefs stole the draft last year," Peters said. "I knew I was the best defensive player going into last year's draft."

He's not wrong. The Chiefs did get a deal on Peters (or so it seems after one year). They hit on second round pick Mitch Morse and third round pick Chris Conley has potential. Other players like special teams stud DJ Alexander had their roles throughout the season. It looks like a productive draft class.

The only other vote went to Jets DT Leonard Williams, who was the sixth pick in the draft.