Peters, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, posted a career high in tackles with 42.5 in his senior season. He also had 12 tackles for loss. He was a three-year starter for the Wildcats.
The team visited with Peters toward the end of the pre-draft process. He said he got to know the coaching staff during those visits and is excited to get involved in the Falcons system.
Peters said he worked at nose and under tackle in Lexington.
“I’m extremely comfortable in a 4-3,” he said.
Peters recorded 146 career tackles (83 solo), 27 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and one interception.
He was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection from 2007-09 while being named Kentucky’s Most Improved Defensive Player by the team’s coaches in ‘07.
“I maintain we’re always looking to have a very depthful and active defensive line,” Dimitroff said. “Rotation (and) versatility is huge along the front. We believe we added some consistency there as well.”http://video.atlantafalcons.com/video/296123/296123_2010-04-23-214008.flv
“I knew they were interested but I got so nervous once the third round started,” Peters said of his interaction with the Falcons. “Everything was so crazy as far as the draft went… I really didn’t know what was going to happen but I was just hoping and praying for the best opportunity.
“I’m excited to get down there.”
MORE ON PETERS:
- BIO: Notes on Peters from NFL.com
- PHOTOS: Images of the Falcons new defensive tackle
- VIDEO: Highlights on Peters from Kentucky
- YOUTUBE: “…not the typical football player”
- QUICK HITS: Some quick video and interviews
- CONFERENCE CALL: Peters talks with the Atlanta media Friday night
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