Los Angeles Rams: Marcus Peters deserves to be higher on NFL Top 100 list for 2018

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters came in at No. 79 on the NFL Top 100 list for the 2018 season.

One of the biggest needs surrounding the Los Angeles Rams heading into the offseason was to address their need at cornerback since Trumaine Johnson, who ended up signing with the New York Jets, was most likely going to be out of the picture. Not only did the Rams address the need early on before the new league year officially got underway by agreeing to a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to land Marcus Peters, but the team may end up with one of the biggest steals of the offseason with the cornerback.

Yes, the argument can be made there’s a reason why Kansas City was willing to move on so fast from the cornerback since some coaches described Peters best as an unnecessary headache both on and off the field. But from a talent perspective, Peters has made a strong case for being one of the most talented cornerbacks in the NFL over the last couple of years, and if there’s any coach capable of keeping him in check, it’s Wade Phillips.

Seeing Peters record 24 turnovers (19 interceptions) during his first three seasons in the NFL shows why Los Angeles was willing to take the risk in bringing him on board for the 2018 season to increase their odds of winning Super Bowl 53. Even better, the Rams have another reason to be thrilled over the news surrounding their cornerback earning a spot on the NFL Top 100 list once again for the 2018 season, proving once again Peters seems well worth the risk.

With that being said, the argument can be made that Peters deserves to be higher than No. 79 on this list, and if all goes according to plan during his first season in Los Angeles, there’s a good chance he will in fact be higher around this time next year. In fact, the thought alone of Peters working with one of the NFL’s most respected coaches in Phillips should make football fans believe the best has yet to come for the former first-round pick.

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After seeing Peters and Andrew Whitworth (came in at No. 87) already make the list, it will be interesting to see where other stars like Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald end up later on. For a team that was coming off a four-win season around this time last year, isn’t it amazing to see all of these Rams, including Peters, earn this kind of recognition across the league?