Leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, I think Rams fans will be most torn on whether or not to take an interior offensive linemen or to draft the eventual successor to Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Both would be beneficial with the interior linemen likely getting to see the field first as a rookie.
In his latest mock at The Draft Network, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Kyle Crabbs has the Rams selecting tackle Matthew Peart out of UConn with the 52nd-overall pick.
Here’s what he had to say about the selection:
“The Los Angeles Rams have the unenviable task of addressing a bunch of needs with minimal cash and no picks. Matthew Peart projects as the team’s long-term replacement for an aging Andrew Whitworth.”
Peart is certainly an interesting pick, mostly because he has spent the last two seasons as the right tackle for the Huskies. Prior to that, he did play left tackle his first two years in college before switching sides and becoming a First-Team All-AAC performer as a senior and getting invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl this past January.
Peart is one of the most athletic tackles in the class with an insanely large wingspan. He’s also built very well, possessing a lean and athletic build that you don’t see often at the tackle spot. He’s going to be a bit of a work-in-progress but he may end up being worth the investment. Right away, scouts believe he has value as a swing tackle for teams that utilize heavy sets in the run game.
I like Matt Peart handling Terrell Lewis' spin move. Also like Trevis Gipson working inside...looking like Zadarius Smith. pic.twitter.com/55kNJd3SzS— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) January 26, 2020
What do you all think of the pick? Give it a grade (A-F) in the comments and let’s talk about it.