The Kansas City Chiefs selected CB Marcus Peters from the University of Washington with the 18th selection in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. This selection fills a need for depth in the Chiefs’ secondary, and several experts and sportswriters had the Chiefs selecting a CB in the first round. Below is a quick look at Peters:
Peters was regarded as the most talented cornerback in the draft but had off-field issues and was suspended from the team in 2014. Kevin Johnson (Texans, 14th pick overall) and Trae Waynes (Vikings, 11th pick overall) were selected before him. Several experts had projected Peters to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens (they ended up selecting WR Breshad Perriman) or the Steelers (they selected LB Bud Dupree).
From Oakland, CA, Peters is 6’0” and 197 lbs. He recently had a newborn son and his father currently coaches football at McClyndon High School where Marcus played (which is the same high school that MC Hammer attended). Peters is personal friends with Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, and will get a chance to play against him on August 21 when the Chiefs and Seahawks face off in a preseason contest at Arrowhead. Peters said he has never tackled Lynch, so that will be something to watch for.
In college, Peters had a brief but decent career. In 35 games, he had 129 tackles (34 assisted), 9.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 11 interceptions (for 72 yards), 1 touchdown, and 27 passes defensed. During 2013 and 2014, he only allowed 38.1% of passes thrown his way completed.
At the combine, he was the top performer in the 60 yard shuffle (11.26 seconds). He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, which was considered disappointing for him, but scouts mention that his talent should overcome any lack of speed.
Video of Peters that I have watched so far shows that he is a quick and agile corner who can stuff receivers and running backs at the line, and is also very physical with receivers. He will battle for the ball and can make tough interceptions. GM John Dorsey did not feel that Peters is a risky selection, especially given the coaching he will get from Andy Reid and Bob Sutton, along with Al Harris and Emmitt Thomas, who serve as the Chiefs’ secondary coaches. Dorsey told the media that Peters was the best player available when he was selected. Peters mentioned he has experience with press-man coverage, which Sutton likes to run, so hopefully he can step in right away for the Chiefs.
Welcome to KC Marcus!