Washington Commanders general manager Adam Peters is well-respected throughout the NFL. What are the underrated moves he's been part of?
Adam Peters has served in some level of scouting for over 20 years, starting with the New England Patriots in 2003. Although he has most likely influenced draft picks since that time, for this exercise, we are going to focus on selections from 2017 and beyond.
During that period, Peters served as the vice president of player personnel before becoming the assistant general manager with the 49ers. He was an integral part of John Lynch's transition and immediate success. Something that made him priority No. 1 for the Washington Commanders this offseason.
Let's take a look at the top five underrated picks and undrafted free agents those teams selected during that period.
5. Elijah Mitchell (RB)
- No. 194 overall selection (2021)
Elijah Mitchell was unheralded coming out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Although he received the highest Relative Athletic Score for running backs at the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine, he lasted until the sixth round. In his rookie year, he had the fourth most rushing yards per game among running backs and broke the San Francisco 49ers' single-season rookie rushing record, despite playing only 11 games.
In 2022, he averaged a respectable 6.5 yards per attempt, although he missed a good portion of the season due to MCL injuries. Mitchell has taken a bit of a back seat since the team traded for Christian McCaffrey but is a valuable asset on Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Adam Peters could bring in another mid-to-lower-round running back from the college ranks this spring. Especially if the Washington Commanders let Antonio Gibson hit the open market.