The New York Giants are targeting an offensive lineman with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a report from NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline. Not the one most often mocked to the Giants, however. Per Pauline, the Giants are targeting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat.
Pauline says "it looks as though" Peat will be the Giants' selection.
Peat is the 15th-ranked player on the Big Blue View Big Board, the second-highest-rated offensive lineman. The oft-mocked to the Giants Brandon Scherff is No. 13. Invictus selected Peat for the Giants in his final mock draft. He wrote, in part:
Peat has NFL bloodlines as his father, Todd Peat, was a guard for years with the Cardinals and Raiders and right or wrong, that's something the Giants have been connected with. They take players with NFL bloodlines. On top of that, the Giants LOVE taking highly-rated high school prospects. Peat? Oh yeah, he got more than 20 Division 1 scholarship offers at some of the best football schools. Did I mention how young he is? He's 21 years old, a full two years younger than Brandon Scherff.
So he is a highly-decorated, young, intelligent player with NFL bloodlines that did well in interviews and plays at a position of need and high positional value. Connect the dots. This guy is my odds on favorite to be the pick.
Invictus also did our prospect profile on Peat. There, he wrote:
Not just "a fit," but "THE fit" for the Giants. He seems like a tackle only, given his length. Played mostly on the left side in college, but I don't foresee any trouble going to the right. He doesn't drive players off the ball as well as you'd like, but he's highly intelligent and very quick and you can see him seal his assignment off very well. He can play in a ZBS scheme and his short area quickness is exactly what the team needs. If you believe Justin Pugh can succeed at guard, I don't see a better fit for the Giants than Andrus Peat at right tackle.
Peter Schrager of FOX Sports is also on the Peat to the Giants bandwagon.
As much as yours truly has been accused of campaigning for Scherff, remember that earlier Tuesday I wrote that "Peat makes a ton of sense because he is a pure tackle, should be able to handle the left side in the NFL, and should be a Day 1 contributor at least on the right side."
Your thoughts, Giants fans?