In a deep offensive tackle class, a name that has generated quite a bit of buzz since the senior bowl is UCONN OT Matt Peart. Peart is a behemoth of a man, 6’7 and 318lbs. At the combine he showed off his impressive athleticism with a 5.06 40, a 30″ vertical and 113″ broad jump. His wingspan is a bit ridiculous, with 36 5/8″ arms. I dove into the film to see what kind of pro potential Peart has, both immediate and long term.
Strengths: Peart is a phenomenal athlete for a tackle with such size. The film is littered with examples of him pulling successfully, climbing to the second level and getting out in front of screens. He has a strong anchor and tends not to give up much ground when faced with a bull rush. Peart seems to consistently recognize delayed blitzes and stunts, and does an adequate job of knowing his responsibilities in different situations. Footwork is not very crisp, but he does have acceptable technique on the majority of his pass sets.
Weaknesses: Peart is a bit maddening in the sense that he is so long, but doesn’t always use it to advantage. To often, he gives up space and leverage by allowing defenders to get inside and under his pads. For someone who repped 26 at the Combine, that strength isn’t always apparent in his run blocking. Becoming more active with his hands and developing a powerful punch using his advantageous frame would help his game significantly. He can be caught off balance at times with his weight and anchor not quite set and gets beat in situations he shouldn’t.
Overall Outlook: Peart is 7th ranked offensive tackle. His upside is immense. He would benefit from spending time in a reserve role until his technique and play strength improve. Given his physical tools, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the team that selects him try him out at Left Tackle full time. I’m not sure about the immediate impact Matt Peart can make on an offensive line, but the potential is such that I have a hard time seeing him make it past day 2, maybe even round 2. I have him as OT7 with a early 3rd round grade.