Post-combine mock drafts continue to pour in, and while it's something that is so hard to predict at this time or at any time, people love reading them to get a sense of what teams are expected to do. We're keeping track of a number of mock drafts from around the internet in our Colts mock draft database, so check that out to get a number of opinions.
Today, however, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah put out his most recent mock draft, and he has the Colts taking a player from Andrew Luck's alma mater in Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat.
The Colts need to lower the number of hits Andrew Luck has suffered over the last few seasons. Peat has some rough moments on tape, but he has excellent size, quickness and intelligence.
Peat, a 6-7, 313 pound lineman, started each game of the past two seasons at left tackle at Stanford. He is a good run blocker and can play well in pass protection as well, and because of Stanford's pro-style system Peat is very much NFL ready.
"I think Andrus Peat and Brandon Scherff are the two best offensive tackles/offensive linemen in this draft, and those are the only two I would consider in the top 10," ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said in a conference call earlier this week. "[Peat] is the only true left tackle, in terms of projection, that, the sense is, could possibly be taken in the top 10 and he has some developing to do. He's still young but he has all the physical ability, and I think the big thing with him is to continue to become stronger and be more of a finisher."
With the Colts needing offensive line help but having a left tackle in Anthony Castonzo firmly established, it's likely that Peat would play right tackle for the Colts, but that leaves the question of what would happen to Gosder Cherilus. I think that if the Colts were to draft a lineman in the first round they would lean towards a guard, but if Peat drops to number 29, the Colts might very well be tempted to take him. Peat is one of the best linemen in the draft and is projected to go very high, with some projecting him to go in the top ten. Whether or not he will be available when the Colts pick is the real question and it's unlikely that Peat will fall that far, but if he does it might not be a bad move for the Colts to draft him to protect Andrew Luck and provide a solid blocker for the run game.
What are your thoughts on the Colts possibly drafting Andrus Peat in the first round?