As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to do work on college prospects they will need to put in extra time on a troubled but yet talented cornerback in Washington CB Marcus Peters.
According to Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, the 49ers will meet with Peters next month as he is scheduled for a pre-draft visit. The 49ers who are allocated 30 visits have already scheduled or met with four other players (see full list at end of article).
At 6-0, 197, Peters has the prototypical H-W-S that scouts covet. A cornerback who has the speed 4.53 and length (31.5 inch wingspan) to shine at the NFL level, it’s his off-field behavior that has scouts worried.
In 2011, Peters openly admitted to failing a drug test while then being suspended in the first-quarter of a game in 2013 for academic performance. Not shortly thereafter the team suspended Peters for four weeks during the 2014 off-season workout program. As if that wasn’t bad enough he was suspended once again in 2014 (Illinois game) for his participation in throwing a tantrum on the sidelines with coaches after head-butting an opponent.
The bad news stops there, right? Wrong. He then pulled an OLB Ahmad Brooks and was late to team meetings as the team prepared for Stanford causing him to be benched the first two series of the game. You would think he would learn his lesson but he didn’t as he then missed practice in early November causing the team to finally cut their losses and release the troubled cornerback.
Peters who grew up in Oakland and has a close friendship to Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will now be looking to follow in his foot-steps as he will likely be a first-round pick despite his baggage.
Note: Peters also has a scheduled pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings who hold the 11th pick in this year’s draft.
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ILB Bernardrick McKinney (Mississippi St.)
WR Stefon Diggs (Maryland)
WR Ricky Collins (Texas A&M Commerce)
CB Tray Walker (Texas Southern University)
CB Marcus Peters (Washington)
Interview after Pro Day
WR DeVante Parker (Louisville)
RB Jay Ajayi (Boise St.)
ILB Stephone Anthony (Clemson)
OLB Randy Gregory (Nebraska)
OLB Bud Dupree (Kentucky) met w/Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina
OLB Zack Wagenmann (Montana)
DE Marcus Hardison (Arizona St.)
OT La’El Collins (LSU)
Dinner with Player
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