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Redskins Combine countdown: Stanford OT Andrus Peat

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Redskins Combine countdown: Stanford OT Andrus Peat

The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 10 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Andrus Peat
Offensive tackle
Stanford

Height: 6-7
Weight: 312

What they’re saying
Peat is a tough player to figure out on tape. He has a huge frame and very quick feet, but he needs to play with better balance in both the run and pass game. In pass pro, he has the quickness to cutoff speed rushers but he's been susceptible to inside counter moves and he gets pushed back too much versus power rushers. He does play with very good awareness versus stunts and twists. In the run game, he can generate a lot of movement at the point of attack but he will struggle to consistently latch/wall off in space. He isn't a finished product, but he has the size and foot quickness to develop into a solid starting offensive tackle at the next level.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

How he fits the Redskins: Although some mock drafts have him going to the Redskins at No. 5 overall, that seems very unlikely. Although he could play left tackle in the NFL, with Trent Williams entrenched there in Washington any tackle drafted would be ticketed for the right side. Given the lesser value of the position he will not be the best available player at the fifth pick.

But there is plenty of talk of the Redskins trading back and if they wind up with a pick somewhere in the teens Peat could be the guy. They have been looking to stabilize the right tackle position ever since Jon Jansen’s play started to decline in the middle of the last decade. They could plug Peat in there and forget about the position until the middle of the next decade.

Or they could set Peat up to be the successor to Williams. Peat is five years younger than the incumbent left tackle so you could see him working his first contract on the right side and then if it looks like Williams, who plays hurt a lot, is done when he hits his early 30’s, Peat may be able to swing over to the left side on his second contract.

One more thing—Scot McCloughan likes to say “big guys win” and in that light Peat would be a winner in his eyes. The organization may want him to put on some more weight but that should not be an issue on his 6-7 frame.

Potential issues: You’re going to hear a ton of negatives about Peat’s technique as in Jeremiah’s thumbnail above. That tends to happen when scouts examine a player who is impressive physically. What happens sometimes is that with limited practice time the college coaches will spend more time with the less gifted players since guys like Peat can get the job done with less than perfect technique. NFL coaches can usually work out such issues fairly quickly.

Bottom line: Right now there isn’t any reason think that a team like the Dolphins, drafting 14th, or Texans, going 16th, have a desire to trade up to the fifth spot. But it’s a long way to draft day and you never know what will happen. That is about the range the Redskins might be looking to take someone like Peat. But they could certainly justify taking him if they get a pick from No. 10 on, depending on who else may be on the board.

Previously in Combine Countdown:

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason. 

The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended. 

Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.

The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes. 

Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback. 

Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do. 

"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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