Position: Defensive Corner
Peters has outstanding balance and coordination that shows up in a variety of ways, some of which are in press man coverage. He often shoots his hands into the receiver’s chest very quickly while keeping his shoulders square, using balance to jam up routes and coordination/flexibility to smoothly transition/flip his hips and run. He has excellent quickness and twitch to excel in off man or zone coverage, making the decision to break on the ball and close ground rapidly. Peters ran a 4.53 at the Combine but is rarely ever out of phase with WRs due to his physicality, quickness, and instincts.
Section Grade: 7.1
Pride / Quit
Peters plays with a lot of fire and physicality on a consistent basis. He is a very willing run defender, consistently flying around initiating a lot of contact. His competitiveness is most evident when he’s in press man coverage as he excels at getting a strong jam and consistently mirrors receivers down the field. He has been extremely productive in his 28 starts, notching 24 PBUs and is always around the ball. His consistency and team player grades are lowered due to him missing so much time from being reprimanded. Peters plays snap to whistle consistently and has the attitude you want from a No. 1 corner.
Section Grade: 6.6
Learn / Retain
Instinct / Reaction
Peters has excellent technique in man coverage and is rarely fooled on double moves. He does an exceptional job of keeping his shoulders perpendicular on stop n go routes rather than allowing his shoulders to square up on the fake. He is however a bit of a risk taker on the field and will gamble and get burned occasionally. His instincts continually flash both in locating the ball and reading the QBs’ eyes. He watches the QB more than the WR, keeping an eye on the former with his peripherals, enabling him to locate/jump the ball very quickly. He has allowed opposing players to effect his concentration and has gotten involved in too much post-whistle tussles. Has a ton of energy/intensity but will need to learn keep it in the whistles.
Section Grade: 7.3
Strength / Explosion
Peters is a long-limbed, cut up body type with lots of twitch. He hasn’t suffered any significant injuries in his career either. Marcus generates a ton of pop at the LOS, jamming receivers up consistently. He has the twitch and agility to stay with receivers once they release as well as to make up ground quickly to remain in-phase. He also possesses outstanding strength on initial contact from his upper body and can blow up receivers’ blocks with ease. His explosiveness allows him to bait QB’s and click/close in a hurry, getting his hands on a lot of balls.
Section Grade: 7.8
8 Read & React
Peters does an exceptional job of not being distracted by the WR for very long, reading the QBs’ eyes and breaking on the ball with tremendous quickness
7.5 Man On / Man Off
His instincts shine when he’s in off coverage & has the ability to bait QB’s. Keys on the QB and rarely gets fooled by pumps/double moves
7 Man Tight
Superb at the LOS with a powerful jam, excellent balance, and quick feet but can struggle at times in being overaggressive
7 Zone Coverage
Does an excellent job of staying at home until the last instant, appears very comfortable in space. Doesn’t get distracted with multiple WRs in his area, stays focused on the QB
7.5 Break & Close
Peters can jump slants, quick outs, and digs with tremendous anticipation and instincts. Very twitchy athlete
7 Hips / Turn ability
Very smooth in his hips to turn and go. Very little wasted movement
Very aggressive tackler with strong arms and hands who’s capable of blowing up plays in backfield but needs to wrap up more consistently instead of going for big hit
8 Hands – INT
Gets his hands on the ball in every game I studied, typically multiple times a game. If the ball is catchable it is caught
8.5 Hands – Fight blocks
Peters has heavy, ultra-aggressive handwork capable of jolting bigger players. Demonstrates the ability to disengage WR blocks at will
6.5 Long Speed
Has enough speed to recover and close ground on deep routes but may struggle versus elite speed at the pro level. Has the necessary instincts/physicality to disrupt & react to mitigate this
6 Return Ability
Haven’t seen him return but he is a very solid special teams player, making tackles on kickoff & putting a lot of pressure on kickers from the outside gunner position on FG blocks
Wins much more than he loses in the amount of gambles he takes but occasionally will get burned. Needs to learn when to move on from a play in terms of physically (extra pushing, chirping).
Section Grade: 7.1
7.5 ATH. ABILITY
7.5 M / M OFF
7 M / M TIGHT
7 PLAY SPEED
Section Grade: 7.6
Overall Grade: D 7.3
- 4.53 40 yard dash, 37.5 vert, 10-1 broad jump, 17 reps 225, 4.08 short shuttle, 11.26 60 yd shuttle, 7.08 3-cone
Superbly instinctual player capable of baiting QB’s with ease from all over the field. Experienced player trailing lead WR both on left & right side, even in slot. Ferocious jam with excellent strength to stymie & redirect receivers off their spot.Very disruptive player at the LOS & coming downhill to the ball. Plays with a chip on his shoulders and wont back down from anyone. Has the foot quicks/flexibility to flip his hips and run with receivers while also possessing rare ball skills. Gets his head around very quickly, tracks the ball, can high point it, and has very good hands. Reads the QBs’ eyes more than the WR, resulting in him getting his hands on the ball and disrupting plays routinely.
Ultra-confident risk-taker who can get burned at times. Immaturity after the whistle, can get overaggressive resulting in penalties. Can take poor angles resulting in lounging at receivers. Smaller/quicker receivers can occasionally give him trouble when in press man if he doesn’t get the jam. Will lounge if this happens or get tangled feet (see ’13 tape versus Brandin Cooks).
Peters lines up both on the left & right sides equally in the tapes I saw, even sliding inside to cover the slot. He will usually follow the opposing team’s top WR all over the field. Peters has the most experience in press man with off man mixed in. He also has played in multiple zone assignments. Peters came to Washington as a 3-star cornerback while starring at track in Oakland, CA where he grew up. He won the 100 & 200 meter at the Oakland Athletic League Championship as a senior. Peters took a redshirt his freshman year on campus. He appeared in all 13 games as a sophomore, starting the last 8 games in 2012. He would go on to start 12 of 13 games his junior season before having a disastrous senior season. Peters would appear in 8 games before being kicked off the team on November 5th after a flurry of off-field issues came to a head. He admittedly was popped for marijuana in 2011, was late for a meeting, and showed a lot of immaturity in dealing with adversity (see Eastern Washington game). Peters finished his career with 129 tackles, 95 solo, 9.5 TFL, 24 PBUs, 11 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD, 1 blocked kick.
Peters is a long-limbed, lean and cut up body type with prototypical height/weight. He often follows one receiver all over the field and is comfortable both on the left & right sides as well as in the slot. Peters regularly plays pressed in man coverage or in an off man coverage. In press man he has excellent upper body strength & anticipation to jam WRs at the LOS and redirect their route. He also has the foot quicks and balance to recover from the jam and mirror as well as the hip flexibility to smoothly turn and run. He will line up pressed in an even stance as well as a staggered stance. The staggered stance is something Peters does before he executes his devastating jam which has knocked WRs backwards, disrupting the timing immensely. His 4.53 40 at the Combine matches up with his above average long speed on film. While he doesn’t possess elite deep speed to run stride for stride with elite speed, his instants and physicality go a long way in masking this flaw in his game. Off man coverage is where his outstanding instincts really come into play. Peters has the twitch to click/close very quickly and smoothly on slants, curls, as well as cutting off the WR’s route. He rarely will play off the WRs’ movements, showing much more fluidity when reading the QBs’ eyes. This enables him to key on the ball and react to it rather than his man. At times Peters will falsely anticipate where the ball is going and be forced to either commit a PI penalty to prevent a big play or get burned on a double move. While this has happened a couple of times in the tape I saw he more often than not anticipates right. On several stop n go routes when Peters was in off-man, he would react to the pump fake slightly, keeping his shoulders perpendicular to the WR rather than turning his shoulders and it resulted in the QB having to take sacks or scramble. Peters is a very smart player with superb field awareness. He shows fearlessness in run support and will missile into the backfield or through blocks to get the ballcarrier down. He is a reliable tackler and will sniff out screens very quickly. His ball skills are perhaps his top quality along with his instincts. Peters excels when the ball is in the air and his back is turned to the QB. He flips his head around quickly, tracks the ball, and demonstrates the ability to high point and come down with the ball when it touches his hands. Peters is an ultra-aggressive DB who will claw and fight from snap to whistle. He will need to reel in some of his aggressiveness and keep it within the whistles as he has gotten penalties for extracurricular activity too often. He needs to demonstrate more self-control on the field but has the cocksure attitude you want to see in a No. 1 corner.
Value – Top 15
Projection – Top 25
Pro Comp – Aqib Talib