Photo of Marcus Peters
Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 1
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 18

Combine Results

5.92 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Chiefs believed Marcus Peters was the most complete corner in the draft. They relied on (former Washington and current USC coach) Steve Sarkisian’s staff's recommendation." -- Ian Rapoport

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands


Granted draft eligibility as underclassman. In 2014, was suspended one game after a sideline tirade during Eastern Washington game and was later dismissed from the team following a confrontation with an assistant coach during practice in November. During 2013 and 2014 seasons, Peters allowed just 38.1 percent of the passes against him to be completed and had 24 passes defensed and 8 interceptions. Selected second-team All-Pac-12 in 2013. In 2012, played in all 13 games, starting eight. Was a redshirt in 2011. Helped lead McClymonds High School (Calif.) to a 12-0 record his senior season, making seven interceptions. Considers Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch a mentor.



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. Active and disruptive when ball is in the air. At his best when contesting catches and 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. Confident and tough.


Suspended for one game in 2014 by head coach Chris Petersen for a sideline tantrum that followed personal foul penalty. Was ultimately dismissed from team over multiple run-ins with coaching staff. 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.

Draft Projection

Round 1 or 2

Sources Tell Us

"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 "The tape shows his capabilities. He can be really good if you can control him. He's on our board right now but there were some long talks about him in meetings. I fought for him." - NFC defensive backs coach

NFL Comparison

Aqib Talib

Bottom Line

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. If his character checks out, then he has a shot at going on the first day.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.