Marcus Peters (Cornerback) and Shaq Thompson (linebacker) both stood on their 40 times from the combine, but each performed position drills and looked very good at their University of Washington Pro Day. Peters looked especially great. Pauline was told Peters was fast, fluid and smooth. His backpedal, which has been questioned by some, was quick as was his transition.
Marcus Peters Draft Prospect Cornerback Meets With New Orleans Saints
Peters has 17 official visits. He had dinner with the New York Jets last night, is having dinner with the New Orleans Saints this evening and met extensively with the Cleveland Browns. Pauline was told the Baltimore Ravens are hoping he’ll be available for them at the end of Round 1.
Shaq Thompson weighed in at 228 pounds then completed 28 reps on the bench. He did both linebacker and defensive back drills and looked very athletic in both. Thompson had dinner with Mike Nolan of the San Diego Chargers last night and is scheduled to eat with the Carolina Panthers this evening. He presently has nine visits on his schedule.
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.
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.