Northwestern Wildcats Brian Peters Leaves Pro Day Impressing NFL Scouts

Bo MarchionteContributor IIIMarch 8, 2012

Peters is Play Maker from safety position
Peters is Play Maker from safety positionElsa/Getty Images

The secret is almost out of the bag that Northwestern Wildcats safety Brian Peters is gaining steam as we start to build towards the up coming NFL Draft.

Scouts on hand for Northwestern's Pro Day took notice with one saying: "you can't ignore this guy as a playmaker," after Peters finished his career with 12 interceptions, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 300 tackles.

Standing 6'3" at 215 pounds, Peters ran a 4.60 40 and his 6.69 three-cone drill would have tied him for seventh overall out of safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine. Jumping 32'' for his vertical jump, pushing 225 pounds 14 times and jumping 9'3" on his broad jump, Peters can pat himself on the back knowing he help his draft stock tremendously today. 

With big tight ends to go along with big fast receivers becoming all the rage for NFL offenses the size and speed of Peters helps him become a neutralizer for defenses at the next level.

Another scout commented that Peters "could be an answer to the oversized pass catching TE’s in the NFL" and how couldn't he with Kam Chancellor (Seattle Seahawks Safety) type size.

How can't he not stand out?

In his final season, Peters earned All-Big Ten honorable mention and 2011 All-Big Ten first team by media.

"Someone who I admire who plays the run and has tremendous ball skills is Adrian Wilson out in Arizona, he’s a big safety, big player and big presence who is also a leader out on the field," said Peters in regards to who he likes watching on Sunday's. He added "he's a big dude who plays more of a linebacker."

It wasn't that Peters wasn't on the radar of NFL evaluators, but after today's Pro Day performance he solidified himself as a legit NFL prospect moving forward with a third scout saying "has too many good traits to ignore... he helped himself today."

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.

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