2015 NFL Draft Preview: OT Andrus Peat
The Sports Quotient’s annual Draft Preview series returns! Over the course of the 10 weeks leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, we will take a look at the top NFL prospects at each position. This final week we take a look at any players we might have missed. Today’s prospect is former Stanford OT, Andrus Peat.
Peat started the last 27 games of his collegiate career, missing just one during his junior season (his last). Peat was voted to the AP's second-team All-American, and was named second-team All-Pac-12 after his sophomore season.
On top of entering his tenure at Stanford as a five-star recruit, he played in 40 of Stanford's 42 games over the course of his three seasons at the school. He averaged 20 snaps per game as part of a rotation at left tackle.
The ex-Cardinal is a well-rounded lineman. Peat uses his wide base and powerful, well-proportioned frame (namely his legs and hips) to get good drive. He reacts quickly and instinctively to twists and other defensive moves. Peat understands protections at an above-average level. Finally, he has the anchor and power to drop into pass protection or secure down-blocks.
Although there are few knocks on Peat, they include: struggling with speed rushers on the edge, holding the first block too long (allowing potential tacklers in the secondary to get over the top of his position) relying on his hands to defuse the opponent's speed, having trouble changing directions in open space and not improving his position when blocking laterally.
It seems as though ex-Iowa Hawkeye Brandon Scherff is the top lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Peat should be the second or third lineman taken. He is considered pro-ready, and is projected to go as high as ninth (to the New York Giants) or as low as 25th (to the Carolina Panthers).
Peat would fit on any team in need of an offensive tackle. In terms of a best fit, Peat is perfect for the St. Louis Rams (who pick 10th). However, it is unlikely that he will go this high in the draft, as there are players at other positions that are more valuable.
Expect Peat to be selected in the first round between picks 10-25 to a team that is in dire need of an offensive tackle or guard (i.e. the St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions or Carolina Panthers).