Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Marcus Peters


Armed with 14 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have no excuse not to address major needs this off season. The cornerback position is one that needs upgrading the most, and the Chiefs very well might decide to use their first round pick on a cornerback. If so, Marcus Peters could be that guy.

Marcus Peters played for the Washington Huskies for three seasons. During his time with the Huskies, Peters had 129 tackles, 27 defended passes, 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one forced fumble (returned for a touchdown as well), and one sack.

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    • 40-yard dash – 4.53 seconds
    • Bench press – 17 reps
    • Vertical jump – 37.5 inch
    • Broad jump – 121.0 inch
    • 3-cone drill – 7.08 seconds
    • 20-yard shuttle – 4.08 seconds
    • 60-yard shuttle – 11.26 seconds*

    * = Combine top performer

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    Obviously the need for a cornerback in Kansas City is pretty big. Right now, the team is rolling with Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Jamell Fleming, and Phillip Gaines. While Gaines had a decent rookie year in 2014, it’d be nice to have some insurance in that second cornerback spot, opposite Smith.

    “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.” — NFC personnel director

    Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares Peters to Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos, which skills wise is a pretty nice compliment. A lot of the other research I’ve done on Peters though is not the most complimentary.

    A lot of analysts have spoken on the fact that Peters is a whiner. In fact, he was suspended for a game during his college days due to a temper tantrum he threw on the sideline after being penalized. He was later dismissed from Washington nine games into his junior season, and decided to enter the draft this year rather than find another school to play for.

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    Peters certainly has the skill sets to play in the NFL, but his character issues are a bit of a gamble. In my opinion, if the Kansas City Chiefs want a cornerback in the first round of the draft, they should go after either Trae Waynes or Kevin Johnson (although both of them might be off the board by the time the Chiefs get to select in round one).

    "Talented cover cornerback with size, ball skills and the confidence NFL teams are looking for, but lacks the necessary discipline and maturity on the field and in practice. Peters has raw talent, but is far from a polished cornerback, and that is without taking the character concerns into consideration.– Zierlein"

    Again, I’m not saying I would be opposed to Kansas City drafting Peters. I would just rather the team not go after him in the first round. He’d be a decent second round selection though, and could make the Kansas City Chiefs secondary extremely dangerous.

    Next: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Kevin Johnson

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