The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. Marcus Peters is a tremendously talented corner who has good athleticism. However, he has some character concerns that caused him to get kicked off the team but it remains to be seen how bad those were. If he can put it all together, he is going to be a major steal for somebody picking late in the first round.
Name: Marcus Peters
Weight: 190 Pounds
College: University of Washington
Class: Redshirt Junior
2015 Stats: 8 Games, 30 Tackles, 3 Interceptions, 4 Tackles for Loss, 7 Pass Breakups,
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Marcus Peter’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Peters.
Pros: Peters has ideal size and length to be an NFL boundary corner and he has already shown at Washington that he thrives in press man coverage. However, he is not strictly a man cover corner as he has also shown great instincts when playing zone coverage or off man. He has great play recognition and makes quick reads and is not afraid to make a play on a running back in the backfield. He has a good backpedal and great hip flexibility. He uses his hands well in press coverage and is rarely penalized.
Cons: Without going into the off the field issues he had with his coaching staff, Peters struggles to play with consistent technique and aggression on the football field. He also gets caught peeking into the backfield at times and has been a victim of the double move.
Our Take: Peters is an exceptionally talented corner who, when all is there, has the potential to be a lockdown NFL corner. However, with questions about his technique consistency as well as his effort consistency, it is likely that he will struggle at times in the NFL until he gets himself in the right place mentally. If he can do that, and I think he can, then Peters can become a great pickup late in the first round or early in the second. He is the best athlete in this class of corners and quite frankly, is the best cover corner this draft has to offer when he is giving 100%.
Final Grade: 91 Out of 100
Peters has 94 out of 100 talent but attitude concerns and effort issues knock him down a few spots. However, I still believe he should be a first round pick as his scheme versatility and natural athleticism are just too much to pass up.
Possible Draft Spots: There are plenty of teams drafting late in the first round who could use a corner like Peters. Starting with the Steelers at 22 and the Lions at 23, Peters could find himself falling anywhere between 22 and 31 in my opinion. Some other teams in that range who could look at the talented but troubled corner are the Panthers, Cowboys, and Ravens.
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