Oct 18, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Andrus Peat reacts following the game 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
Jake Matthews is a lock to be the starter at tackle next season. The thing that makes this situation even greater is that Matthews can play on the left or right side, creating some leeway for the coaches during the draft.
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Really, if the Atlanta Falcons can somehow generate good pass-blocking throughout the season, Matt Ryan is set to have a career year. Gabe Carimi isn’t getting the job done well enough getting beat on every other play, and Lamar Holmes is more of a swing tackle.
(All Mock Draft picks are based off of CBSSports.com)
Possible Draft Picks: Andrus Peat LT/RT Stanford… Brandon Sherff LT/RT Iowa… Cameron Erving OT Florida State
Reach Pick: Brandon Sherff
"(Projected as 6th pick in Mock Draft) “Has the fundamentals of the offensive line spot down pretty well. He wont flail his arms around or get out of place. Generally, the 6’5″ lineman plays a compact game, one that works to his advantage. Stiffness isn’t a concern here, as Scherff has above-average agility that helps him shift. While it’s yet to be seen what he’d do against the Terrell Suggs’ of the world, he’s handled his job with ease at Iowa. Going with the “knowledge of the game” aspect, Scherff has a good feel for being an offensive lineman in general. He knows his job and has no problem going out there and just “being a lineman,” Fansided.com"
Ideal Pick: Andrus Peat
"(Projected as 8th pick in Mock Draft) “Andrus Peat has the prototypical left tackle’s size and the athleticism to play tight end (seriously, he has lined up there at times). Peat is like many of his fellow Stanford linemen in that he can maul you on run plays, but what makes him special is the light feet and excellent hand placement he displays when pass blocking against premier rushers. No wonder his coach thought he could be a once-in-a-generation-type talent and possibly the best to play in the conference at the tackle position since Jonathan Ogden,” NFL.com"
Back-Up Pick: Cameron Erving
"(Projected as 30th in Mock Draft) SIDE NOTE: Erving can very much become a top 15th pick….. “Erving has been an offensive lineman for just two seasons; he began his FSU career as a run-stuffing defensive tackle, but he has been a revelation at left tackle. While he is still learning some of the nuances of the position, he has excellent footwork, good quickness and solid strength. He could go into next season as the nation’s best tackle; at the least, he will be in the top three,” NFL.com"