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.
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.
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.
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