NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Saints offensive tackle Andrus Peat may one day be a perennial All-Pro along the Saints offensive line. But in 2015, I'm not sure he's even going to be a starter.
In a draft where the Saints had several needs at several positions, they stayed true to their 'best player' mantra and snatched up Peat at 13, despite having two steady starters already at each of the tackle positions. Terron Armstead is a very good, young left tackle and Zach Strief is a solid veteran on the right side who, despite being 31, is coming off two of his better seasons.
"All that other stuff will take care of itself, " said Sean Payton, referring to the competition at the position.
Indeed it will, just maybe not as fast as some would like.
To me, Peat at the very least is like a no-brainer for the 'tackle eligible' role as a rookie then officially take over for Strief in year two, or perhaps at some point mid-season next year.
When I posed this thinking on Twitter when the pick was made, the fan base didn't seem too thrilled. Many suggested that there's simply no way the 13th overall pick will be a backup in 2015. That's understandable. It goes against the theme of getting immediate impact players they've been hearing all offseason.
Peat may come in, beat out Strief and immediately become a 'plug and play' guy. Then again, maybe he won't. The fact that the question is there, even more than Stephone Anthony, who looks to be a lock for immediate playing time at inside linebacker, is not what many expected to get out of the Saints first round pick.
Peat's future looks bright in New Orleans. But the fan base may have to be patient with him in the present.