Should Rams still consider cornerback in first round following Peters trade?

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With the news surrounding the Los Angeles Rams finalizing a deal to acquire Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, the question now becomes if the team will still consider a cornerback in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Even though the details of the trade are still being finalized, one of the most talked about topics at the moment involving the Los Angeles Rams is the team’s surprise agreement to a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire cornerback Marcus Peters. Originally, the Rams had plenty of questions surrounding the cornerback position since Trumaine Johnson was expected to hit the open market while the timetable for Kayvon Webster to return was still up in the air, but this deal to acquire Peters changes everything.

Not only will Los Angeles save a ton of money with Peters when compared to Johnson, but also the Rams are getting a cornerback who has accounted for 24 turnovers, 19 of which were interceptions, during his first three NFL seasons. Sure, Peters has drawn some criticism for being a headache at times for his immaturity, but hopefully that won’t be an issue for the cornerback now that he’s going to be playing under one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the game with Wade Phillips.

All of a sudden, the Rams will be taking a completely different approach over the next few months since there isn’t as much pressure to make sure the NFC West champions are set at the cornerback position. But when it comes to Los Angeles having the 23rd pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, it’s tough not to wonder if the team will still consider another cornerback since that was part of their game plan before.

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As previously mentioned, between Johnson most likely ending up with a different team due to more money along with the uncertainty surrounding Webster’s return since he’s recovering from a recent shoulder surgery along with a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last December, adding another cornerback in the first round isn’t exactly the worst idea in the world come April. Either way, at least with the new surrounding Peters coming on board once the trade becomes official, it helps the Rams have a better understanding of where they currently sit at the moment with the position compared to a few days ago when there were more questions than answers.