Vikings Draft: Marcus Peters Trying to Dispel Character Concerns


Cornerback Marcus Peters has some questions to answer about his character and he is trying his best to do that as he goes through the interview process at the combine.

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After getting kicked out of Washington for reportedly fighting with coaches, Peters is now trying to rehab his image and convince NFL teams to take a chance on him in the first round.

Peters wants teams to know that he is not the insubordinate, low-character guy he seemed to be in college (via

"“That I just learn from my mistakes,” Peters said about the message he’s delivering to teams this week. “I made some immature decisions at the University of Washington and it hurt me truly. So I’ve just got to learn from my mistakes and I grow from it.”"

Peters blames his departure from Washington on “miscommunication.” Media reports claimed he choked a coach but he has shot down that story.

Red flags aside, Peters is rated by many as the #1 cornerback in this year’s draft. He has good size at 6-0, 197 and is noted for his press-coverage skills.

Peters could be a target for the Vikings as they seek a solid corner with man-cover skills to line up opposite Xavier Rhodes, allowing them to line up Captain Munnerlyn exclusively against the slot.

Like every team, the Vikings will have to weigh Peters’ character issues against his talent. He could be a steal if those concerns cause him to slip out of the first.

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