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January 21, 2015

Kiper likes OT Peat for Panthers

The Panthers didn't think they could find the long-term successor to Jordan Gross at left tackle picking late in the first round last year.

A year later, the Panthers are picking late again and still have a need at the position after an inconsistent season by Byron Bell.

If they decide to address left tackle in the first round this year, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper believes Andrus Peat could be a value pick for the Panthers at 25.

Peat, 6-7 and 316 pounds, announced this month he was forgoing his senior season to enter the draft, despite some scouts recommending he remain in school.

But Peat's size and background -- he's the son of former Arizona and Oakland offensive lineman Todd Peat -- give him a lot of upside, according to Kiper.

"He had an inconsistent, up-and-down year. But he looked to be a top-5, top-10 pick when the season began," Kiper said Wednesday during a conference call.

"He's coming out early. With another year, if he could've rounded it off and become more consistent, he'd be a high pick. You get him at 25 and coach him up a bit, Andrus Peat's got a lot of talent coming out of Stanford. So maybe (the Panthers) do that."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


He thought Claussen was a good QB too....

Posted by: DaveT | Jan 21, 2015 12:27:36 PM

If Kiper says who to pick...don't do it

Posted by: Big Rob | Jan 21, 2015 1:12:31 PM

now we can cross him off the list thanks kipper anyone else you like?

Posted by: mike | Jan 21, 2015 2:09:04 PM

Gettleman has done well drafting talent for us. Hopefully, we have a repeat performance and it starts by crossing off anyone Kiper is sweet on.

Posted by: FirstDown | Jan 21, 2015 3:46:00 PM

Yeah, Kiper has been so far off on some of the players that I hope we don't draft him in the first round. If La'el Collins makes it to the 25th pick I hope we take him. He is an instant upgrade over Bell and we can put him beside Turner who we drafted from the same line last year.

Posted by: CharlesJ | Jan 21, 2015 4:18:43 PM

hog mollies

Posted by: tony clifton | Jan 21, 2015 4:45:37 PM

Kiper thought Pickles was the second coming of Elway. Enough said.

Posted by: dennis | Jan 22, 2015 5:57:33 PM

Cam is still awful!

Posted by: Cam is awful | Jan 23, 2015 9:14:13 AM

Once the Panthers sign me, they will be a Superbowl contender. I will make everyone forget about Jordan Gross.

Posted by: John Downing | Jan 25, 2015 3:33:22 PM

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