Determining the New Orleans Saints’ core players moving forward

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Andrus Peat (Stanford) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 13th overall pick to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

OT/G Andrus Peat:

The biggest surprise for me so far this season has been how well Peat has acclimated to playing guard in the NFL, a position that to my knowledge he has never played. I would be lying if I didn’t say that the thought of a left side of Armstead, Peat, and Unger in the middle isn’t intriguing to me. That’s a lot of beef up front and three players who not only have power, but the agility to get out in space and block on the second level. The potential positive of Peat’s change in position (if it becomes permanent) is very high, but on the other hand, a starting-caliber guard is simply an easier position to replace than a tackle. The rapid decline of Zach Strief alone could be enough to make an argument for Peat being a key player going forward for the team.

What holds me back from electing him as a core piece for the team to build off is the combination of his position (important, but not as vital as LT for instance) as well as his shear lack of playing time. Andrus Peat has looked good at tackle, and decent at guard, however, part of why he has looked good at guard is because we are putting it into the context of him playing out of position. Peat has shown flashes, and I do believe he is going to start somewhere on the line for the Saints. But calling him a core piece moving forward is simply praise that he has yet to earn.

Next: The Core Five

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