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Draft Prospect Profile: Washington CB Marcus Peters


Long and powerful with a good stride in the open field and smooth change-of-direction skills in coverage, Peters' physical credentials are clear. He can multi-task in coverage, keeping his eyes on the quarterback and football while not losing track of his man in coverage.

He has the tenacity and strength to take away the football on deep receptions; if opposing quarterbacks throw a jump ball in his direction, he can make them pay for the choice.

But when it comes to emotions, Peters plays with fire -- and gets burned. He needs good veteran counsel around him to help him learn how to keep his emotions in check.

The worst example of this was against Eastern Washington last year, when he head-butted an opposing receiver, drawing an unsportsmanlike-conduct flag and resuscitating an EWU drive after a third-down stop. Peters went to the sideline and erupted, yelling at coaches and throwing his helmet.

That tantrum drew a one-game suspension. Further arguments during practices and games later in the season led to a season-ending suspension.

Those incidents spur the first questions Peters must answer from teams.

"They want to know the character. Am I a hothead? Which is false," Peters said at the Combine. "I made some immature decisions and I live from them and I learn from them and I grow as a man."


Someone will take a chance on a talented player who struggles with disciplinary issues, both on and off the field.

Peters said all the right things when peppered with media questions at the Scouting Combine in February. It will be tough to look past the problems, but the fact that he will reportedly work out at UW's Pro Day on April 2 shows that some fences have been mended between Peters and the Huskies' coaching staff.


Weight:197 pounds
Arm:31 1/2 inches (T-6th among 32 Combine CBs)
Hand:8 3/8 inches (T-28th among 32 Combine CBs)
40-yard dash:4.53 seconds (T-17th among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Bench press:17 repetitions (T-8th among 22 Combine CBs tested)
Vertical jump:37.5 inches (T-9th among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Broad jump:10 feet, 1 inch (T-18th among 30 Combine CBs tested)
Three-cone drill:7.08 seconds (T-21st among 26 Combine CBs tested
Short shuttle:4.08 seconds (11th among 27 Combine CBs)

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