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New Orleans Saints NFL Draft Prospects: OT Andrus Peat

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With the aging of QB Drew Brees, his protection is becoming more and more crucial as the years go by.  The New Orleans Saints will likely turn to the 2015 NFL Draft for the opportunity to upgrade the offensive line.  Brees was constantly under pressure in 2014, making questionable reads and forcing bad throws.  Offensive tackle Andrus Peat of Stanford fits the criteria as an intriguing prospect.

While the guard position, specifically Ben Grubbs‘ spot on the left side, should be the center of attention on the line, Peat’s size and stunning abilities will be hard to pass on if the Black and Gold are in the market for a Zach Strief replacement down the road at tackle.

At 6-foot-7, 312 pounds, Peat boasts an enormous frame with long arms, broad shoulders and impressive weight distribution.  With surprisingly light feet, well-balanced coordination and that massive physique, Peat has no problem latching on and controlling speedy outside rushers.

Again, guard should be the primary concern for the New Orleans Saints — Peat may be a bit oversized to assume that role.  He also possesses rare athleticism that should not be toyed with and moved to the interior.

This guy could be the real deal at tackle, but of course, with strengths come weaknesses.  Peat comes too high off the ball on occasion and sometimes lacks the hip-explosiveness to drive his opponents backward.  His laziness catches up with him periodically, allowing inside counter moves during pass protection, but we saw major improvements in 2014 compared to the previous year.

If the Black and Gold are looking for a possible Strief replacement after the right tackle had a down season, Peat could be the answer.  He is a rare, monstrous talent with a very bright future.  However, I still believe defense will be the go-to in the first round of the NFL Draft for Sean Payton and company.

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