The Saints’ first-round draft pick, 21-year-old offensive tackle Andrus Peat is now back in New Orleans fulltime, finally getting the chance to practice with the Black and Gold’s veterans during Wednesday’s OTA.
The #13 overall pick in this year’s Draft was required to finish up the academic quarter at Stanford University, where he’s majoring in psychology, before he could join his teammates in the Crescent City.
“He’s a pretty sharp guy,” Coach Sean Payton said when asked about how much catch up Peat must now play going into next week’s mini camp.
The Stanford Cardinals do run a pro style offense, which should help ease Peat’s NFL learning curve somewhat. He was also able to participate in the Saints’ rookie mini camp, so the 6’7”, 313 pounder does have some familiarity with both the coaching staff and playbook.
During rookie mini camp, Peat took snaps at both right and left tackle. It remains to be seen if the Outland Trophy semi-finalist can give either Zach Strief or Terron Armstead competition for a starting spot.
New Orleans’ coaches love Peat’s smarts, as well as his length and athleticism. Peat was a 2-sport athlete and credits his basketball background with helping him develop agility. It also doesn’t hurt that his father Todd played tackle in the NFL during the late 80’s and early 90’s.