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If I were going purely off of athletic potential, there aren’t a lot of players I’d put ahead of Andrus Peat. The Stanford product has an elite skillset and he makes a point to put it on display during games.Unfortunately, his flaws are right there on display, also. Considered the top tackle by some, he rolls in at number five for me.
Footwork is a problem, as is his field awareness and second level vision. His technique is a mess and there is going to be a lot of work to do with him. The Detroit Lions have an excellent OL coach in Jeremiah Washburn, though it often gets forgotten with their struggles this season, so it wouldn’t be a terrible landing spot for him.
The problem with Peat in Detroit for me is that he wouldn’t be able to start right away. Now, I’m all for sitting a player to learn, but I need to be comfortable that they could at least jump in when someone gets injured and hold down the fort. I’m not confident that Peat would do a whole lot of good even in spot duty, meaning his first year should consist of situational blocking and short yardage, like the Patriots did with Nate Solder and the Detroit Lions with Riley Reiff.
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