A few weeks ago, former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel and current NFL senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote an article detailing the makeup of the "perfect pass rusher."
Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston were included.
Brandt continued his article series Thursday with the "perfect cornerback," and after just one year in the league, Chiefs CB Marcus Peters made the cut because of his hip movement.
Here are Brandt's comments on Peters:
The perfect cornerback would have ...
... the hip movement of Marcus Peters.
When you hear about a cornerback who can "flip his hips," we're talking about someone who can get in and out of breaks with fluid movement, has good body control and can turn and run with receivers without any loss of motion. Think of the fluid athletes you see all the time in basketball. Peters is not the fastest guy in the world, but receivers who have an edge in speed on him still have trouble creating space against the Chiefs defender, in large part because of his hip movement. It also makes it easier for the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year— who tied for the league lead with eight interceptions last season –to be in position to pick off the ball.
Classic example: Mel Blount.
Peters' truthful hips also helped him capture the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year title in 2015.
Other cornerbacks included in the piece were Washington's Josh Norman, Indianapolis' Vontae Davis, Seattle's Richard Sherman, Denver's Chris Harris Jr., New York Jet Darrelle Revis and New York Giant Janoris Jenkins. Read the entire article here.