Marcus Peters, considered a promising cornerback prospect before being dismissed by Washington in November, has reportedly declared for the 2015 NFL draft.
Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reported the news:
According to Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times in November, Peters was dismissed from the team by head coach Chris Petersen after the player had repeated outbursts and several heated arguments with the coaching staff this season.
"It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got certain standards and operating procedures,” Petersen said of Peters' dismissal, via Brewer. “We’re trying to do something special here. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Like I said, we wish him the best. It’s always a hard thing—the worst part of the job, without question."
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While any interested NFL teams will surely investigate his time at Washington under first-year head coach Peterson carefully, there's no questioning Peters' talent. A Second-Team All Pac-12 selection in 2013, Peters had three interceptions and broke up seven passes in eight games in 2014 before his dismissal.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected the Houston Texans would select Peters with the No. 13 pick in a mock draft he posted in his most recent scouting notebook. Peters was the first corner off the board.
There's no doubt the value of top-tier corners is on the rise with more and more teams boasting dynamic passing games and athletic wide receivers. So Peters will be a player to monitor.
At the same time, top draft picks are prized commodities, and teams have to be careful when it comes to risks. It will be interesting to see how Peters' past actions affect his draft stock in the months ahead.