Oct 18, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Andrus Peat (70) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils defeated the Cardinal 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
With the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select… Andrus Peat.
Why Peat? He’s projected to be the best tackle available at 21, and he’s a no brainer.
Peat is a 6’7” 313-pound mountain. He’s intelligent and well coached, he has quick feet, and reads edge rushers well. If Peat doesn’t play right away it isn’t a problem as the Bengals currently employ two fixtures at tackle right now: Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.
Peat can sit out a year, take some notes, and be ready to dominate in 2016 when both Whitworth and Smith are scheduled to be free agents. If injury strikes and Peat is needed, he has the ability to play immediately, but a year to develop will only serve to ensure his future success.
If Andrus Peat isn’t available at 21 it isn’t a problem. There will be other solid offensive tackle choices such as Jake Fisher (6’6”, 293-pounds, Oregon), Ereck Flowers (6’6”, 329-pounds, University of Miami (FL)), and La’el Collins (6’5” 305-pounds, LSU). Tackle is the only choice here, and the Bengals are poised to get a good one.
Moving on to Round Two, the Bengals have a little wiggle room. They can afford to choose the “best player available.” Yet, they also have a need to fill. With the status of Vontaze Burfict up in the air and A.J. Hawk acting as a short-term solution, it’s time to look at the linebacker position.
Next: Bengals Second Round Selection (Pick 53)