CHICAGO (WVUE) - With the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select Andrus Peat, offensive tackle out of Stanford.
Peat, a 6'7" 316 lb. lineman, was voted second-team All American by the Associated Press and an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2014. He started the final 27 games of his career at Stanford.
Peat's transition to the NFL should be a smooth one, according to the Saint's newest rookie. "At Stanford we ran a pro style (offense) and West Coast terminology so I think it'll be a good transition for me," Peat said. "At Stanford we ran inside zone, outsize zone and gap scheme, so we did a little bit of it all. I've had some experience in different blocking schemes."
Peat fills a position of need for the Saints. He spent his whole career at left tackle and could give starter Terron Armstead a run for his money. He could be moved to right tackle as well though, where the veteran Zach Strief started for the Saints last season. Behind them on the roster are Bryce Harris and Nick Becton.
Peat could see time at guard as well. The Saints traded starting guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 5th round pick in a cost-cutting measure this off season opening a starting spot on the O-line. Before drafting Peat, the Saints had 5 guards listed on their roster: Jahri Evans, Mike Golic Jr., Andrew Miller, Senio Kelemete and Tim Lelito (who saw most of his time at center). “You're blocking different body types," Peat said. "Things happen a little bit quicker playing inside, but I feel like if I have to play that position I could do it well.”
New Orleans drafting Peat at No. 13 came as a surprise to many, but for Peat it's a dream come true. “That's such a huge honor to play for the Saints and block for Drew Brees," Peat said. "I grew up watching the Saints and him, and it's pretty special to be playing with them. I'm excited to come in, work, and just get better as a football player.”
Peat brings an has an NFL pedigree. His father,Todd Peat, played six seasons in the NFL (St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals: 1987-89 and Los Angeles Raiders: 1990, 1992-93). "Coach Payton actually knew my dad from high school," Peat said. "They were from the same area so we kind of had that connection."
All that's left is for Peat to move to his new home: New Orleans. "I've heard a lot of good things about it, that it's a great city to live in and play in as well for the great fans," Peat said. "I really enjoyed it when I was there."
The Saints' offense ranked 1st in yards-per-game (411.4) in the NFL and 9th in points-per-game (25.1). The Black and Gold's defense ranked 31st in yards-allowed per game (384) and 26th in points-allowed per game (26.5).
The New Orleans Saints started the night with the 13th and 31st pick. The 13th pick was earned during the regular season while the 31st pick came in an off-season trade that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks in return for Center Max Unger.Tune in to Fox 8 News at 9 and 10 for full analysis from the Fox 8 Sports Team.