ST. JOSEPH — Two of the Kansas City’s first four picks of the NFL Draft were used on cornerbacks, Marcus Peters out of Washington in the first round and Steven Nelson from Oregon State in the third round.
The two corners are getting settled into the NFL lifestyle by participating in the first three days of training camp with fellow rookies and the Chiefs quarterbacks.
Their first taste of the NFL came in May with a three-day rookie minicamp and Peters said he’s been able to retain pretty much all of what he learned then.
“It’s just a replay of everything that we went over coming in for the minicamp,” he said. “… When the vets come in it’s full speed ahead. It’s already full speed ahead, but it’s just turned up a notch.”
The Chiefs’ veterans will start practicing Saturday when camp becomes open to the public.
With Peters and Nelson joining the Chiefs at the same time and both being high draft picks, the pair has used their time ahead of Saturday’s full-squad practice working together to prepare for the season.
“We’ve been roommates ever since we reported to Kansas City,” Peters said. “We’ve been in the playbook together every night just communicating back and forth if we need each other’s help. We have an excellent relationship.”
Both players enter the league with confidence they can contribute. Nelson said that trait comes with the territory of being a cornerback.
“He’s a really confident player,” Nelson said of Peters. “I think you have to have that playing the position that we play because if you don’t, you’re susceptible to being beat.”
Along with confidence, both were eager to start their NFL careers. Nelson said he was ready to start putting all of his focus on football and put school behind him.
“That’s the best part,” he said. “I was thinking like that when I was in college. I was like ‘man I can’t wait because that’s all you get to do.’”
Nelson has gotten help from Peters to prepare for training camp, but he also went back to his home state of Georgia to prepare physically.
“I was back home in Georgia and it’s a lot hotter than this,” Nelson said. “I was training outside and it got me ready.”
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is also from Georgia and Nelson recalled watching Berry play before his days at Tennessee.
“I used to actually go to his high school games,” Nelson said. “So being on the same field as him is a big inspiration.”
Peters shares that inspiration gained from playing alongside Berry.
“Leadership and a whole lot of courage,” Peters said what Berry brings to the team. “Just for him to come back and fight from what he was going through. For him to come back like nothing has changed. He’s been out here. He’s been an excellent guy in the room for us to learn from.”
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