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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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Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

Well it looks like the name many considered to be the Redskins top choice at defensive coordinator is off the market. Adam Schefter broke the news of Gus Bradley to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Redskins interviewed Bradley early in their process of selecting a new defensive coordinator. His latest gig ended poorly after he was fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bradley's best success came as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.

When he served in that role with Seattle, Bradley worked with Scot McCloughan. And prior to his coaching stint in Seattle, Bradley coached in Tampa, where he worked with both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.

Those connections, and his success in Seattle, had many fans hoping Bradley would take over for Joe Barry, who Washington dismissed more than two weeks ago.

The connection between Bradley and the Chargers comes as no surprise, and it leaves    Washington still in need of a defensive boss.

Mike Pettine probably jumps to the top of the ranks of other coaches the Redskins have interviewed, but it still seems internal candidate Greg Manusky could be in position to move up to coordinator. Manusky spent the 2016 season as outside linebackers coach and has prior coordinator experience.

The Skins have also interviewed Dennis Thurman, last of Buffalo, Jason Tarver, last of San Francisco, Rob Ryan, also last in Buffalo, and John Pagano, last with the Chargers.

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Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff. 

First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many. 

If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading. 

Stay tuned to CSNmidatlantic.com for the latest. 

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