One prospect who could be an option for the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat. He is a 6'7", 313lb offensive tackle who is considered the top left tackle in the draft. Peat is ranked as the 23rd overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 4th best offensive tackle in the draft.
Peat was voted second-team All-American by The A.P in 2014. He was an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2014 and started the final 27 games of his career at Stanford. In 2013, he started all 14 games at left tackle, was an All-Pac-12 second team and voted team's Most Outstanding Sophomore (Deswarte-Ellar Award).
Offensive Tackle, Junior, Stanford
Height: 6'7" Weight: 313lbs 40 time: 5.18 seconds
Arm Length: 34 3/8" Hands: 10 5/8"
Vertical Jump: 31 inches Broad Jump: 105.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 8.01 seconds 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.62 seconds
- Peat is a big dude. Tall, thick and powerful frame
- Has long arms, broad shoulders, and large hands
- Has quick feet. Able to get out and block in space
- Will excel in a zone blocking system
- Over powers defenders. Very strong
- Good hand placement in run and pass protection
- Is a plus pass blocker
- Mirrors edge rushers well
- His blocking technique is very good
- Explosive off the snap
- He is a monster is the run game
- Uses his size, strength, and athletic ability to open up running lanes
- Bloodlines. His father played six-seasons in the NFL
- Plays too high at times
- Inconsistent technique at times. While his technique is great 90% of the time, it can breakdown against explosive edge rushers.
- Doesn't have that "nasty streak" you would expect from a man of his size
- Inconsistent knee bend. Will get lazy at times and become a waist bender
Does Andrus Peat fit with the Broncos?:
Peat has everything you look for in a prototypical left tackle. The size, the strength, the quick feet, long arms, wide frame ect. He would fit perfectly in Kubiak's zone blocking scheme. He would also give the Broncos their future left tackle.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, Peat is probably going in the top 15 picks. He is the best pure left tackle in the draft, so I don't think he will last long on draft night. The Broncos could try to trade for him, but it would end up being rather costly.
Now if Peat does slip some on draft night and falls into the 20's, I could see Elway working phones trying to trade up for Peat.