32) Marcus Peters - New England Patriots (12-4)
Class: Jr HT: 5-11 WT: 197 POS: CB
Analysis: Cornerback is the Patriots' top need after the losses of 2014 starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Based on game tape alone, Peters might have been the top cornerback prospect in this class, but his behavioral issues at UW -- including his eventual dismissal from the program -- have hurt his stock. He has all the tools to be a good NFL cornerback, including size, strength, athleticism and playmaking instincts. Linebacker and defensive tackle are other needs the Pats could look to address early in the 2015 draft.
Cornerback is the Patriots most valuable need on the roster, and they have a potential #1 cornerback falling to them in the opening round. Other cornerbacks like Kevin Johnson and Byron Jones are off the board, along with potential interior offensive linemen like Cameron Erving and La'el Collins.
I think that, as a player, Peters would be a great fit for this defense as he can play both zone and man coverage. He doesn't flash the same physical upside of Johnson or Jones, but he offers less of a bust potential and can play on day 1. Still, he needs a lot of polishing before playing at a high level.
Behind all of the positives, he has an extensive list of issues: he failed a drug test in 2011, he received an academic suspension in 2014, and then he was ultimately dismissed from the team in November 2014 after showing up late to, or missing, practices and engaging in multiple arguments with the coaching staff.
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