Should Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat be the pick for the New York Giants at No. 9 in the 2015 NFL Draft? We continue our 'Nine for the Giants at No. 9' series by making the case for, and against, selecting Peat.
The case for Peat
If the Giants are convinced that in order to use the ninth overall pick on an offensive lineman he has to be a player capable of playing left tackle, then Peat might be their guy. There are those who believe Brandon Scherff, La'el Collins and even Ereck Flowers could be more suited to play inside. We can argue about that all day, but that's not the point. The point is Peat is a pure tackle who could begin on the right side and eventually transition to left tackle if and when the Giants move on from Will Beatty. Peat is also considered to be more pro ready, more able to step in and play right away than Flowers, D.J. Humphries of Florida or even T.J. Clemmings of Pitt.
Peat is a capable pass blocker with room to improve, and pretty much all scouts agree that his ceiling is high as a left tackle. His strength as a pass blocker lies in his big frame - he's capable of handling more powerful edge rushers - but sometimes struggles with an inconsistent bend and punch when tasked with faster edge rushers. That's a skill that can be coached up in the NFL, and it's something Peat has been dedicated at working on in the pre-draft process. (Scouts insisted on seeing his hands at work during his pro day.)
The strongest part of his game is as a run blocker, where he's able to get low and turn his size into raw, bulldozing power. That's a skillset the Giants desperately need, especially if they're going to commit to Williams as a power runner.The Giants averaged just 3.6 yards per rush attempt last year - one of the bottom five marks in the entire NFL - and that's where Peat's game could have the biggest impact.
So if you think Peat is the best offensive lineman in this draft - and many out there do - the Giants should grab Peat in the top 10 and go home happy. You've just added a rock-solid piece to your offense that should help it continue to trend in a positive direction in 2015.
'Invictus' wrote in his prospect profile of Peat that the Stanford lineman is "the fit" for the Giants offensive line and "an easy top 10 pick." NFL.com calls Peat "one of the most game-ready offensive linemen in this year's draft."
The case against Peat
Building a case against selecting Peat at No. 9 is actually not easy to do. Most scouting reports indicate that Peat's technique and run-blocking still have room for improvement, but all young players have things they can learn to do better. It comes down to preference. Do the Giants believe there is another offensive lineman who is better? Do the Giants want to move Justin Pugh inside? Who will be on the board at No. 9 and will the Giants think the value will be better drafting another position and adding an offensive lineman later? Looking at what analysts believe Peat skill set, upside and current pro readiness are it would seem difficult to be upset if the Giants made him the ninth overall pick.
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