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Redskins Combine countdown: Stanford OT Andrus Peat

Feb 8, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT


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


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,

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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  1. troylok - Feb 8, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I’d like to see the Redskins trade back and pick up an extra draft pick or two while still getting a physical specimen like Peat. Of course, I could see the Redskins standing pat and picking up a defensive lineman as well.

  2. Stephfan - Feb 8, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    As much Oline help that we need u think the skins should draft dline or pass rusher with the 5th pic… Then sign a right tackle in fa. Might be able to find one better than Compton. Or draft some Oline in the later rounds to compete.

  3. celticsforever - Feb 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Trade the 5th for the Jets 6th and their 3rd. Then trade the 6th to the Saints for their 13th overall and their 2nd. This way you end up with the 13th overall, (2) 2nd rounders and (2) 3rd rounders. That is all based on my opinion that these guys would be willing trade partners, and I have a rosy outlook.

  4. bowlregard - Feb 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    If they don’t go OL, conventional wisdom at this stage is whoever drops – Williams, Gregory, or Ray. Unless one of the QBs drops. That would be our real chance to drop back.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 9, 2015 at 3:03 AM

      Agreed on everything except Ray. He’s going to have to measure bigger than expected for me to think he’s a McCloughan pick. He’s listed as 6’3″ 235-240 which makes him significantly smaller than even Murphy and Kerrigan.

  5. deepball1 - Feb 8, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    You just don’t TRADE. It actually takes a trading PARTNER. Right now…as it stands…Mariota is the key for this draft. If he is not taken by Tennesse then somebody is going to trade up for him but I see them trading with Oakland and not the Redskins. Why would anybody wait to trade with number 5 when they can get number 4?

    Outside of QB and Williams, I don’t see any must have players in the top 10 which would bring in more draft picks. I look for less 1st round trades than in a long time

    • kenlinkins - Feb 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      That has been my point all along. After the top 3 (2 QB’s & DT) I just do not see anyone worth trading up for. The teams sitting below the Redskins would get just about the same type (graded) player if they just stand pat. The problem that could stop all the BPA talk is Winston sitting there at pick 5 and no ones calls to trade. Should the Redskins draft QB Winston if he is on the board or do you try and sell to Redskins nation that he was not the BPA (even thou most scouts have him as a top 3 player in this years draft) in order to give the RG3 deal more time to develop? Is RG3 so special (or has special needs,) that you break your BPA rule as a GM? If you are thinking long term and have Winston as a once every 7 year QB, do you not go ahead and draft him? What would most of Redskins nation believe if QB Winston is this years top pick?

      • Penz - Feb 8, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        It looks like a tricky situation for the Skins at the mo but strange things happen on draft day. Teams fall in love with players during the combine or workouts and make big moves to get their man so there’s always hope! To answer your question i cant say I’d be over the moon about Winston.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 8, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        Jailhouse is a terrible human being who regressed tremendously this year despite still having a very good college OL. Without Benjamin, his TD numbers took a nosedive and his INTs shot up as well. Throw in the immaturity that he shows on a routine basis and it stuns me that anyone is considering him in the 1st round, much less 1st overall.

    • Penz - Feb 8, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      Because they’d have to give up more for trading up to 4? Besides,the Skins are next in line before the Jets who might very well go for a QB so you only need to go as high as them. It would only go higher if 2 or more teams got into a bidding war.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM

      It would be better for a team to trade with us instead of Oakland because it would cost less. Pock 4 Costs more than 5 and they are definitely not drafting a QB

    • skinsgame - Feb 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM

      The reason you trade with 5 instead of 4 is, you know 4 isn’t drafting a QB at that spot and the asking price goes up with each spot you move upward. Not saying that teams are looking to trade to #5 but, if they do, there is logic to going there instead of the #4 pick.

  6. abanig - Feb 8, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Eh, while I do want to upgrade the OL. I don’t want to take a RT in round 1. It’s almost assured that we’d lose a first round OT on his second contract as they’d leave the Skins to go get LT somewhere else.

    There also isn’t that large of a gap between Peat and Schereff and the OTs who are projected to go late first or early second. The Redskins drafted Jansen in round 2 to be their RT for a decade after drafting Champ Bailey in round 1 of their draft.

    I think the skins need to go defense in round 1 and the OT in round 2 just like in that draft.

    I want Danny Shelton taken by the skins @ #5 and then Erek Flowers, La’el Collins, TJ Clemmings, Cameron Irving, Cedric Ogbuhei or Donovan Smith in round 2 to get their starting RT.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 8, 2015 at 8:46 PM

      By the time our 1st round OL is ready for his 2nd contract, Trent W. might be old enough to move from LT to RT.

      It’s one way to create and continue a strong offensive line.

    • captblood3000 - Feb 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      At pick #40, Best Player Available could be an interior lineman. Erving has also played center, and Scherff and Collins may be better suited at guard at the next level.
      Rich’s reasoning for drafting Peat is that you could play him at right tackle now and develop him as your future all-pro left tackle. I think the Redskins must believe Peat will be both those things to pick him at #5.

  7. goback2rfk - Feb 8, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    No O-Line is going at number 5 lets get real here. It is going to be Shane Ray. He will be the best player on the board at that point and Orakpo is out the door.

    Welcome Shane, hope you have a beast of a career.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 8, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      The problem is Ray is undersized, to state it nicely, and McCloughan has a preference for big players.

      • babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2015 at 2:31 PM

        I’m proud of you Joe. Polite and to the point…nice

      • goback2rfk - Feb 9, 2015 at 8:26 PM

        Hey may be undersized but he is quick and has football smarts. He also makes a lot of plays in the backfield.
        I dont have a problem with the dude

        • Joe Greene - Feb 10, 2015 at 2:53 AM

          I don’t either, I’m just saying that he doesn’t project at all to what McCloughan says he wants and what he’s drafted before. He might take him, but I doubt it.

        • Stephfan - Feb 10, 2015 at 3:01 AM

          You still haven’t proved why Kirk is better the Robert and why other people get a pass with an injury but Robert doesn’t? Don’t have facts to back it up huh. And also you better be nice lmao before captain rich get you lol

  8. colmac69 - Feb 9, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Said it countless times until the skins address their pass rushing issues their defense will continue to be average at best no matter how good their backfield may become

    For that they need a dominant nose tackle and outside pass rusher.only time will tell if new gm addresses one of these issues this year.

    As for o-line you dont need five all pros to get the job done.for one the right qb in place can make a line decent (for all cousins faults the line only gave up 8 sacks when he was playing and it done decent job).cowboys get praise for job they have done with their o-line but they didnt win superbowl.but certainly your always looking to get better

    • sidepull - Feb 10, 2015 at 5:46 PM

      I am right there with you colmac. A 3-4 an never a real wrecking ball NT. That’s my choice and there are two in this draft, I personally like Shelton. Hope it goes our way. Archives

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