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Marcus Peters | Cornerback

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 194

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Washington CB Marcus Peters "can be very good in the NFL, provided he comes to realize he should be working for his team, and that the team doesn't work for him," noted NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.
"One scout told me last fall that Peters was one of the best corner prospects on the West Coast in the past 10 years," Brandt wrote. Peters posted a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and checked in at 5-foot-11 5/8, 197 pounds. "He didn't appear to be very quick and displayed questionable ball skills," Brandt wrote of Peters' showing in Indy. "The performance might seem a bit puzzling; after all, he did have a plethora of pass breakups in the first eight games of the season. I suspect his showing had something to do with the fact that he hasn't played in a game since Nov. 1. I'm sure he's been training since then, but there's a difference between being in training shape and being in football shape." An NFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Peters due to character concerns. Mar 2 - 6:03 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Washington CB Marcus Peters posted a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash on Monday.

"I thought he was going to be a little faster," said NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock. While Peters didn't blow away analysts on the track, he performed well in other drills. "His slower than expected 40 time of 4.53 might concern some, but he looked pretty sharp when moving around the turf and picking off passes," noted College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Peters had a nice backpedal and kept his center of gravity right where you wanted it."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 1:50 AM

Former Washington teammate Hau'oli Kikaha called CB Marcus Peters a "good teammate" and a "great guy."

"It was unfortunate," Kikaha said of Peters' dismissal. "A number of things could have been done to prevent all of that, but the main thing is that he's kind of matured and feels better about everything. And he's here (at the combine). And he's going to be at (Washington's) pro day. Everything is kind of put to rest and at peace. I'm happy for him." This is another positive development for Peters, the class' top CB in terms of physical talent. He's been red-flagged for character concerns, though his infamous choking incident has been refuted by several sources as never having happened.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 4:01 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters "is the clear-cut No. 1 corner in this class," ESPN's Todd McShay believes.

"If he isn't the first cornerback taken in 2015, it will be a direct result of his behavioral issues," McShay wrote. "But teams are going to have to really look into his maturity and accountability, as he's had a laundry list of off-field incidents: a failed drug test in 2011, an academic suspension in 2014 and several suspensions and ultimately a dismissal from the program in 2014 related to showing up late or missing practices and throwing a tantrum with coaches on the sideline of a game. He's talked openly about taking responsibility for his past behavior, and is a fiery competitor on the field who loves the game, but teams are going to need to be convinced that they can trust him." An NFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Peters due to character concerns.
Feb 18 - 5:33 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters is "likely to earn a first-round selection if he can convince teams that he has learned from his dismissal," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Peters' multiple run-ins with coaches are troubling, though his issues haven't been with other authority figures; he has never been arrested," Rang wrote. "Peters is the most talented corner in the 2015 draft, boasting size, physicality and cover skills." Fortunately for Peters, a number of crucial sources -- including former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, current Huskies DC Pete Kwiatkowski and DB coach Jimmy Lake -- denied that his infamous choking incident ever occurred. An NFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Peters due to character concerns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 16 - 11:42 PM

Former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, current Huskies DC Pete Kwiatkowski and DB coach Jimmy Lake have all denied that the Marcus Peters choking incident ever occurred.

The player himself also denies the infamous report. "That never happened," Peters said. Peters picked Washington in 2011 over Arizona State, Southern Cal and Oregon State. His stellar career ended poorly. Peters was kicked off the team, but his scholarship was not rescinded. "In a year of boom-or-bust prospects, Peters might be the most intriguing story," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote. "How NFL teams respond to his spin on unflattering events will determine whether he earns the first-round selection his talent says he's worth. To be certain, general managers are listening closely."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 15 - 2:47 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters "has the most complete package of any cornerback in the class," wrote ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl.

"He has good size and strength and is loaded with athletic ability," Weidl wrote. "He also shows impressive overall awareness and recognizes route concepts, and he quickly locates and plays the ball. While Peters' tape speaks for itself, he comes with off-the-field baggage, having been kicked out of the Washington football program during the 2014 season. NFL teams will put him through interviews and psychological testing to figure out how he's wired and then make a decision about whether the talent outweighs the risk." An NFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Peters due to character concerns.
Feb 15 - 1:51 PM

Washington will allow dismissed CB Marcus Peters to participate in the school's pro-day on April 2, according to USA Today.

Peters told Tom Pelissero the news during an interview, which helped the corner give his side of the story. Peters was given the go ahead after meeting with head coach Chris Petersen. "To be honest, I would tell you today: Why wouldn't you kick me off the team? He was trying to help me," Peters said. "He was teaching me some hard lessons at that time, and I just didn't take it right." The corner is taking control of his own story, which helped Jeremy Hill last offseason.
Source: USA Today
Feb 13 - 10:35 AM

An NFC personnel director said he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Washington CB Marcus Peters.

It has nothing to do with Peters' skill, as you no doubt inferred. "I wouldn't take him inside the first two rounds. He's good, but he's not that good that I would be willing to deal with his emotional issues," the personnel director said. Peters was booted off Washington for behavioral issues, though reports that he choked a coach have since been refuted by multiple sources. "Peters has raw talent with prototype size, ball skills and the confidence NFL teams are looking for, but he's far from a polished cornerback, and that's without taking his character concerns into consideration," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote. "He lacks the necessary discipline and maturity on the field and in practice; he doesn't take coaching -- he was dismissed from Washington after multiple run-ins with the coaching staff -- and is overly emotional and prone to mental mistakes because of it."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 11:57 PM

In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, Washington CB Marcus Peters refuted a report that he choked an assistant coach.

The Washington Huskies prospect laughed off the reports that said an unnamed scout witnessed Peters choking an assistant coach after an argument at practice. In December, Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski also denied the report, calling it "bull****." ("If I choked somebody, somebody's going to press charges on me and I've got a mugshot and it's open to the public, man," Peters said.) It's good to see that Peters is getting in front of these matters, which he'll be questioned about thoroughly by NFL teams moving forward. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Peters, is viewed as one of the top cornerbacks available in the draft, and teams may be willing to take a gamble on him in the first round.
Source: USA Today
Feb 12 - 2:06 PM

Praise for Washington CB Marcus Peters, the person, was passed along via Fox Sports' Joel Klatt.

"The week he was removed, he was texting other defensive backs -- including his replacement -- trying to help with the game plan," Klatt explains. "That isn't consistent with a player that has "red flags" for character. If anything, you could say that Marcus cared too much and wanted to win right away, which was his downfall with a new staff trying to build a new culture." Peters' draft discussion has almost universally centered around his "red flags" and "character issues" as it relates to his talent, so we feel compelled to offer information that might tell the full story.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 10 - 11:32 AM

One NFC personnel director said he wouldn't take CB Marcus Peters "inside the first two rounds."

"I wouldn't take him inside the first two rounds," the executive told NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "He's good, but he's not that good that I would be willing to deal with his emotional issues." The talented, but troubled Peters is the perfect definition of high-risk, high-reward type of player. Unfortunately, Peters was dismissed by the Huskies two games into the year in 2014, and only was able to suit up for six games the past two seasons. On the field, Peters has been considered one of the best cover corners in this year's draft. If a cornerback-needy -team is on the clock and Peters is on the board, it could be hard to pass on his talents in the back end of the first.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 3:46 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Washington junior CB Marcus Peters best pro comparison is Denver Broncos Aqib Talib.

"Both entered the draft with off-field concerns. They show similar body language when things don't go their way on the field and are both volatile, but their playing styles are similar, too. They both love to attack the ball and sit down on routes to try to make things happen, Zierlein wrote. Peters was suspended for one game after he was seen throwing his helmet and gloves and arguing with Washington assistants during a win against Eastern Washington in September. Reports said he also choked a coach, though Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski refuted those claims. The Washington prospect made his debut on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 24.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 3:32 PM

Washington junior CB Marcus Peters made his debut on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 24.

"A highly instinctive cover corner, what you see on tape is a player who can 'run the route' for the receiver and put himself in position to make plays because he can hang with receivers but also get his head around and locate the ball," Kiper wrote. "Peters is a willing tackler and a competitive guy who doesn't back down against good competition. But he was also a live wire on the sideline last season and ended up booted off the team at Washington. Coachability is obviously a concern." Peters was suspended for one game after he was seen throwing his helmet and gloves and arguing with Washington assistants during a win against Eastern Washington in September. Reports said he also choked a coach, though Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski refuted those claims. Peters was kicked off the team anyway.
Jan 28 - 7:52 PM

An NFL scout speaking with the Seattle Times said Washington junior CB Marcus Peters' relationship with Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch will hurt his reputation.

"A huge red flag," the scout said. "He's a talented kid, no doubt. And it only takes one team (to fall in love with a player). From all the stuff that he's been involved in and the chances he's gotten and the immaturity he's shown, it's going to be tough for him. They're all professionals up here and they won't put up with that (expletive). Hanging out with Marshawn (Lynch), that was probably the worst thing for him." Lynch and Peters are both from the Oakland area, and Lynch is one of Peters' mentors. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote in November that Lynch's involvement with Peters has been positive. Peters was suspended for one game after he was seen throwing his helmet and gloves and arguing with Washington assistants during a win against Eastern Washington in September. Reports said he also choked a coach, though Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski refuted those claims.
Jan 5 - 8:43 PM