Summary: Stanford was expecting Peat to become a very good player for the Cardinal and over the past two seasons, the team wasn’t disappointed. He was reliable in pass protection and solid in run blocking. Peat has excellent size, quickness, length and athleticism. He also has a strong lower body built to get movement at the point of attack. With his overall skill set, Peat could develop into a good left tackle in the NFL.
Stanford moved David Yankey inside to guard in 2013 because of Peat. Peat lived up to the big expectations in 2014. The first-year starter had an excellent debut for the Cardinal. In the ground game, Peat did a good job of opening holes and getting movement of defenders while also being a good pass-protector. He was All-Pac-12 Second-Team selection.
Peat had another solid season in 2014 for Stanford while going up against a lot of good defensive linemen. The junior had a good game against USC in Week 2 and did well in his plays against Leonard Williams and was generally rock solid. However, Peat had a mental mistake on Stanford’s last play that led to a sack-fumble for the Trojans to clinch their win. Overall, he was fine against Washington, but he had a few plays where Huskies outside linebacker Hau’Oli Kikaha gave him problems. Generally, Peat won his blocks. Later in the year, he did well in his matchup with talented defensive end Owa Odighizuwa in closing out the regular season against UCLA.
As a run-blocker, Peat is strong at the point of attack. When he stays low with good knee bend, he has a lot of power in his lower body to drive defensive linemen out of their gap. He is quick to the second level and strong to latch onto defenders. Peat could fit a zone-blocking or power-man scheme in the NFL.
In the passing game, Peat is reliable. He can have some occasional lapses, but he has the skill set to be a left tackle in the NFL. Peat’s feet are quick enough to handle speed rushers, and he has excellent length to make it hard for defenders to get around him. Peat also has the strength in his base to hold up against bull rushes. He could use more work on his knee bend and not reaching for defenders. Sometimes that can hurt them when they cut to the inside or try and go around him.
For the NFL, Peat is a well-rounded blocker who isn’t overly dominant as a run-blocker or pass-protector. He could be better off starting his career at right tackle and seeing if he develops to handle the left side. Teams expect Peat to be a top-25 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Player Comparison: William Beatty. Beatty and Peat (6-6, 319) are virtually the same size. Both of them are well-rounded blockers who aren’t particularly dominant in the ground or pass game. It took some time, but Beatty emerged as a quality left tackle in 2014 and Peat could follow a similar track in the NFL.
NFL Matches: Washington, New York Giants, Minnesota, St. Louis, Cleveland, Miami, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Carolina
There are a lot for teams that could target Peat in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The fifth-overall pick could be too rich for Peat, but if the Redskins move down, he could be a quick upgrade for their biggest weakness on the offensive side of the ball. Peat also would be a good fit for Jay Gruden’s offense.
The Giants could make sense as a team to potentially draft the Cardinal standout. New York has to improve its offensive line in front of Eli Manning, and Peat could start immediately for the Giants at right tackle.
The Rams seem like a very logical landing spot for Peat, plus they’ve brought him in for a pre-draft visit. St. Louis must keep Nick Foles healthy to have any shot at making a run at the playoffs in the rugged NFC West. Joe Barksdale could be upgraded at right tackle, and Davin Joseph isn’t a long-term starter at right guard. Peat looks like a fit for the Rams and could form a phenomenal bookend with Greg Robinson.
Cleveland could use help at right tackle and right guard, so Peat would make a lot of sense for the Browns if he’s available at either of their first-round picks. In time, Peat could be the heir apparent to Joe Thomas.
The Dolphins made a big improvement in their offensive line last year, but they still have room to get better up front. If Peat is available, he could be an option for Miami.
Kansas City could also be a good fit. The Chiefs need a lot of help on their offensive line where Peat could start right away. He could be their left tackle with Eric Fisher on the right side.
If Peat slides in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he could make sense for the Bengals as the heir apparent to Andrew Whitworth.
The Panthers need a tackle upgrade and a true replacement for Jordan Gross. Peat’s size, power and quickness would fit with Dave Gettlemen’s M.O. in the first round. Peat could be the perfect pick for Carolina and a good value.
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