One of the neat things about us being a part of SB Nation is our access to talk with literally hundreds of experts in the sports world. If the Chicago Bears are playing the Seattle Seahawks, we'll hit up Field Gulls to get the skinny on that team and if the Bears pick up an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State, we'll hit up Cowboys Ride For Free to get the lowdown on him.
In this series of Five Questions With..., we'll try learn a little more about the 2016 rookie class, both the draft picks and also some of the undrafted free agents.
We asked Cade some questions about Bears' UDFA, cornerback Kevin Peterson.
Windy City Gridiron - Preseason knee surgery and an ankle injury hampered Peterson during his senior season, but he still was named First Team All Big 12. How much did the injuries bother him during the 2015 season and do you think he's still nursing the injuries?
Cowboys Ride For Free - It didn't seem as if his injury impacted him all that much. He was still able to cover ground well against lesser receivers. I did notice, however, that he had trouble keeping up with Corey Coleman from Baylor. Maybe that's a testament to how good Coleman is, but it didn't seem like Peterson had the burst he did during his junior season.
WCG - At 5'10", 181 pounds, Peterson may be a bit small to play outside in the NFL. Did he have any experience playing the slot corner at Oklahoma State?
CRFF - He did not play much slot corner at OSU. 5'10" is par for the course in the Big 12, and that's why there aren't a ton of Big 12 cornerbacks in the NFL. Yes, 5'10" is pretty undersized, and Peterson is not the most physical corner out there. His strength is covering the field and finding the ball in the air. That being said, I'd expect to see him play more in the slot, if he gets a chance in the NFL.
WCG - As an UDFA, his best chance to stick on a roster is through special teams. Was Peterson asked to play the 3rd phase at all during his time in college?
CRFF - Honestly, I don't really remember seeing him out there on special teams. I believe he covered punts, but other than that I do not recall him having much special teams experience.
WCG - The Bears want their corners to get up and play a bit of press-man coverage, was this something Peterson was asked to do?
CRFF - At Oklahoma State, Peterson would occasionally play press-man coverage, but a lot of the snaps he was on he would be asked to play zone coverage. That being said, he has great ball skills and is very fast. If he can become a more physical corner, then I think he'd be a nice fit in the Bears defensive scheme.
WCG - Do you think Peterson has what it takes to stick on an NFL roster?
CRFF - I do think he has what it takes. Maybe it's the orange sunglasses, but I was impressed with Peterson's growth and development through four years at OSU. Every year he got a little better. If he can do that in the NFL, then I think he's got a shot.
Thanks again to Cade for filling us in on Peterson.