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2015 NFL Draft Results: Grading the Andrus Peat Pick

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With the first of two first round picks, the Saints have selected Andrus Peat. How do you grade the pick?

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With the 13th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Stanford offensive tackle, Andrus Peat.

Here is a look at the newest Saint, from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Tall with a thick lower body and well-proportioned frame. Has good knee bend and movement for a power player. Shows some bounce in his feet. Gains plenty of ground on kick slide but keeps his weight under him. Able to transition from pass set to power step inside to close down inside moves. Hand placement generally good in run and pass. Plays with a strong, wide base. Above-average understanding of protections. Instinctive against twists and reacts quickly to them. Able to drop his anchor in pass protection. Powerful drive blocker with explosive hips. Plays with leverage and leg drive to mow down overmatched defenders. Punishes defensive tackles when asked to secure with a down-block. Once he locks out, has the anchor and power to end his opponent's chances.

WEAKNESSES

Left tackle displaying some edge fear. Technique breaks down when facing wide rushers with juice off the snap. Opens up prematurely and turns into a lunger. Waist-bender. Will lead with head and hands, hoping to land a strike and engulf the edge speed. Needs to improve angle of pass sets against speed. Has direction-change issues when moving in space. Gets stuck to first block too long, allowing second-level target to escape over top. Has issues with sustaining blocks on second level and doesn't always work feet to improve positioning when blocking laterally.

BOTTOM LINE

Big and powerful with a right tackle's play strength and demeanor, but enough foot quickness to protect on the left side. Peat has the physical tools to be an upper-echelon run blocker with pass-protection ability, but he needs to improve his technique in order to protect with consistency. Peat has been well-coached and is one of the most game-ready offensive linemen in this year's draft.

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Saints Draft Picks

  • 13th Overall (Round 1) - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
  • 31st Overall (Round 1)
  • 44th Overall (Round 2)
  • 75th Overall (Round 3)
  • 78th Overall (Round 3)
  • 148th Overall (Round 5)
  • 154th Overall (Round 5)
  • 187th Overall (Round 6)
  • 230th Overall (Round 7)

Saints Remaining Team Needs

  • Cornerback
  • Inside Linebacker
  • Outside Linebacker
  • Wide Receiver
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Quarterback of the future