Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: CB Marcus Peters
6-0, 198 pounds
Hometown: Oakland, CA
40 yard: 4.53
3 cone: 4.08
News and Notes:
Peters has been listed as one of the top cornerback prospects in this upcoming draft, mostly because of his size and physical style. 15 NFL teams have him scheduled for private visits (the Packers are not one of them). He appeared at his Washington Pro Day but did not work out. Allowed less than 40% of passes targeted at him to be completed in his last two seasons. He was dismissed from the team late this past season by head coach Chris Peterson for incidents that Peters admitted fault for, including a confrontation with an assistant coach.
What they’re saying about him:
- CBSSports.com: 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. . .a physical hitter who looks to intimidate opponents. Clearly must answer questions surrounding his dismissal from the Washington football team. 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. He can get too grabby downfield and has struggled with inconsistency, playing to the level of his opponent.
- NFL.com: Prototype size for the position. Fluidity in his hips to flip and run. Competes hard out of press-man coverage and tries to intimidate receivers with his physicality. Can redirect talented receivers with his length and flat-out stuff receivers with marginal foot quickness and strength. Stays in pocket of vertical receivers while turning to locate and track ball. . .often comes away the winner on 50/50 throws. Outstanding feel for space with ability to track multiple receivers and quarterback at the same time. Closes on throws with above-average burst and brings some force on contact. Suspended for one game in 2014 by head coach Chris Petersen for a sideline tantrum that followed personal foul penalty. Inconsistent with footwork and loose with technique. Lacks patience in press and will open up early. Grabby off line of scrimmage and downfield when beaten. Average mirror-and-match and long speed. Overly emotional and prone to mental mistakes because of it. Slower than expected to squeeze routes in space. Doesn’t take coaching.
- This is a highlight reel so none of Peters’s weaknesses are shown on film
- Very active and has good ball instincts
- Very physical, as advertised but will that be a problem in today’s NFL?
- Takes good angles and closes on the ball well, both in pass and run defense
- Can be an asset at the line of scrimmage as well as in coverage
- Tall enough to make bigger receivers work for the catch
- No shortage of fire in his belly. A very confident player with plenty of swagger
If drafted by the Packers
I had a chance to watch Peters in person last season and he was all over the field that day. Some mock drafts have Peters to the Packers at the #30 spot in round one, however and as mentioned above, he is not scheduled to visit with Green Bay. Peters is the classic high upside physical talent with many question marks about his personality and attitude. The Packers tend to shy away from players who may become more disruptive and have character concerns. There is no doubt that the Packers could use the size and talent that Peters has on the outside to replace Tramon Williams. With as much nickel as Green Bay uses, Peters could become a versatile weapon that can run blitz or add more pressure on the pocket. That would allow Casey Hayward to remain in the slot, where he has proven most effective. Despite some scouts stating that they wouldn’t take Peters in round one or even two, he won’t likely be there for the Packers beyond their first pick. No signs point to the Packers having an interest level in Peters consistent with that of a first-round prospect, but with general manager Ted Thompson, you never know. Another big factor in whether Peters is Green Bay’s choice is what the Packers’ plans are to address their needs at linebacker. Ultimately the Packers would have to decide if a player like Peters is worth the risk at such a high spot.——————
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