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2016 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Peters, CB

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oakland, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2641-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.532.66-17 37 1/2-4.087.08
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.472.661.6017 37 1/210'1"4.087.08

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Player Overview

Peters is a clear first-round talent who has worked to 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 invited him to work out at the Huskies' pro day.

"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."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Desired height and frame for the position with above average arm length...flexible hips and coordinated footwork to transition out of his pedal and collect himself on the move...excellent spatial awareness and feel for coverage to float, read and react, using the sideline to his advantage...tracks the ball well with above average ballskills - routinely gets his head turned, gains body position and uses his hands to make plays.

Presses at the line with the feet and speed to play tight, using his functional length to stay in phase with receivers...always peeking in the backfield with natural anticipation and recognition skills at the position...highly confident and talkative with short memory - looks to bait and get into the head of receivers...physical in run support and aggressive as a blitzer, closing well in pursuit...tone-setting competitiveness with a great relationship with his teammates...above average production with 35 passes defended and 11 interceptions over 27 starts, including two defensive touchdowns.

Versatile experience and was effective in press-man, off-man and zone coverages...patched his relationship with the Washington coaching staff after his dismissal and was invited to participate at the school's pro day.

WEAKNESSES: Lanky frame with room to add bulk and get stronger...lacks ideal recovery speed for the outside and will struggle to catch up if the receiver gains a step vertically...highly aggressive and will get called for too much downfield contact...bad habit of getting sloppy with his footwork in his pedal, struggling to create a base and hindering his ability to mirror movements - will find himself off-balanced and undisciplined in coverage.

Allows his eyes to be stuck in the backfield, late reacting when in off coverage...will over run his target in run support and needs to harness his aggressiveness to break down in space...alarming character and immaturity concerns after he was kicked off the team for repeated run-ins with the coaching staff - suspended vs. Illinois (Sept. 2014) after head-butting an opposing wide receiver and throwing a tantrum on the sideline the week prior; late to several team meetings and missed practice, leading to his dismissal from the program (Nov. 2014).

History of poor decisions, including a failed drug test in 2011 and academic issues (suspended for the first quarter of 2013 bowl game).

In Our View: The son of a coach, Peters is extremely talented with first round traits, but his history of selfish immaturity and insubordination has NFL teams working overtime investigating his character. He has since apologized to the Washington coaches and mended the relationship, taking accountability and calling the incident a "miscommunication" - pointed to family-friend Marshawn Lynch as someone who mentored him throughout the process.

Peters, who has a newborn son (Carson), is hard-headed and a brash spark plug, but those aren't the worst qualities for the position as long as he matures and figures out how to turn down his emotions off the field. He is passionate about football and his tough-minded approach serves him well on the field, showing confidence to be an instigator and shut down talented pass-catchers.

Peters allows his mechanics to break down and get sloppy, but he has the size, athleticism and cover skills to be a No. 1 corner at the next level who does his best work in press - top-15 overall talent with a high NFL ceiling, but the reward won't be worth the risk for several evaluators who will remove him from their draft board.

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

 
 
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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Chiefs' nine picks: Round 1/18 - Marcus Peters, CB, 6-0, 190, Washington...The questions surrounding Peters and his behavior kept many teams from buying into his future as an NFL cornerback. But the Chiefs saw tremendous natural ability and great instincts for the position and think his problems in 2014 could be traced to immaturity and trouble connecting with a new coaching staff with the Huskies. Peters will compete for a starting job. - The Sports Xchange
 

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