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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Peters, CB

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oakland, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3441-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Physicality and athleticism regularly stood out against top competition. Among his best attributes is recognition, as Peters plays the receiver very well, turning back toward the ball as the wideout does and frequently knocking the ball away or intercepting it.

Peters' aggression is just as evident in his tackling. Whether it be against a receiver or coming up in run support, he is a physical hitter who looks to intimidate opponents.

WEAKNESSES: Clearly must answer questions surrounding his dismissal from the Washington football team on Nov. 6 following repeated clashes with the coaching staff. Was ejected from one game early in 2014 and rubbed some the wrong way when he was seen laughing on the sideline toward the end of a blowout loss to Oregon.

Not as smooth in coverage as former Husky Desmond Trufant, who went to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 22 overall two years ago. He can get too grabby downfield and has struggled with inconsistency, playing to the level of his opponent.

COMPARES TO: Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos -- Just as Talib did when coming out of Kansas, Peters comes with off-field concerns but there is no questioning either cornerback's length, aggression and ball-skills.

--Rob Rang (11/7/14)

Player Overview

Peters is a clear first-round talent who must answer significant character concerns leading up to the draft after being dismissed from the Washington football team on Nov. 6.

While immensely talented, the 2013 Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer was held out of the first quarter of the Huskies' bowl game at the end of the season, and then repeatedly clashed with coach Chris Petersen's staff in 2014. He was served a one-game suspension after a sideline tirade against Eastern Washington in the second game of the season, and reportedly got into an argument with an assistant coach in practice that ultimately led to his dismissal from the program.

"It's unfortunate, but you know, we have certain standards and operating procedures and we're trying to do something special here," Petersen said. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out. And like we said, we wish him the best. It's always a hard thing. It really is. Worst part of the job, without question. With all that being said, that's really it. That's it in a nutshell. I know everybody wants the details and those things. We don't go there. We can't go there. But like I said we wish him the best and it's hard and painful."

Peters led the Huskies with five interceptions in 2013 and had three more in sporadic playing time in '14. Combining length, ball-skills and the agility, Peters is one of the few first round-worthy cornerbacks in the 2015 class.

Peters talent warrants a first round grade and perhaps even top 15 consideration. Depending on how he runs in at the combine -- and more importantly how performs in team interviews there, however, there is no question Peters' stock could tumble. It remains to be seen if Peters will be allowed to work out at Washington's pro day given the abrupt and unfortunate end to his career with the Huskies.

Despite the controversial end to Peters' Husky career, Petersen said he would give NFL scouts a positive recommendation.

"We want him to get his education, without question. We want to help him move on and be positive from here, and so we'll do whatever we can to help that happen," Petersen said. "Marcus has got a lot of skill. I really do hope that he has a really good NFL career, there's no doubt about that. And I think he can and we wish him a lot of luck going in that direction."

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11/06/2014 - Marcus Peters, the Huskies' standout junior cornerback, has been dismissed from the program, multiple sources have told The Seattle Times. Peters got into an argument with an assistant coach during practice Wednesday, a source said, apparently the final straw in a series of run-ins with Washington's new coaching staff. He also got into an argument with coaches during UW's victory at Colorado on Saturday and then missed practice on Tuesday, sources said.

In his third year as a starting cornerback, Peters had been suspended for one game in September after his sideline outburst, in which he threw his helmet and gloves, a week earlier against Eastern Washington. That outburst followed what UW coach Chris Petersen called a "stupid" personal-foul penalty against Peters, who had head-butted an EWU receiver. Peters is considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick. - Adam Jude, The Seattle Times

 

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