Matt Peart Roster Profile
Matt Peart was drafted by the New York Giants with the 35th pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Peart, played his college football at Connecticut, where he contributed for four years.
In this series we will examine:
- Peart’s prospect profile from our Head of College and NFL Draft Content Simon Carroll
- his relative athletic score
- his potential opportunities in the NFL in the upcoming season
PRO’S: Passes the eyeball test – huge man with excellent length. Large frame that looks like it could add more weight. Has a first punch that would knock the wind out of your sails. Doesn’t rest on his laurels and continues to attack the rusher with more heavy blows until he’s neutralised the threat. Savvy tackle who isn’t often hoodwinked and can sniff out disguised or secondary danger. Athleticism seems like an untapped resource – quick off the line of scrimmage, able to keep up with rushers and mirror nicely, and quick lateral mover or attacking the second level. High work ethic and valued locker room presence.
CON’S: Technique problems. Hand placement sloppy and he can be susceptible to inside moves. Wasted steps can sometimes make him slow into his set and be off balance as a result. Hips a little stiff but tape showed improvement as a senior. Pad level understandably high but also not aiding the leverage battle. Despite the size his play strength is a bit disappointing. Doesn’t drive defenders off the ball in the run game.
SIMON CARROLL: “Peart is a bit of an enigma. Four years as a starter at a school that has had it’s trouble establishing itself on the football field means he’s played a lot of lower-level competition and dominated even on his worst days. But stick on the UCF tape from this year or watch his Senior Bowl practices and he’s by no means out of place. It feels like we’ve only just scratched the surface of his potential”.
Relative Athletic Score
Opportunities at the next level
Peart lands in a somewhat tough situation in New York in 2020. The Giants had already bolstered the offensive tackle position, both in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.
With Nate Solder already in place, the Giants added Cameron Fleming to provide a veteran presence at right tackle. They then also drafted Andrew Thomas fourth overall, two rounds before they took Peart. That leaves Peart most likely fourth on the depth chart and likely with limited opportunities to play in 2020.
However, the future looks much brighter for Peart, especially if he can use 2020 to develop his skills. Fleming is on a one-year deal, so could easily be gone next season. As for Solder, this is the last year of guaranteed money on his deal, meaning they could part ways with him relatively cheaply after the 2020 season.
Even if the Giants decide to continue with Solder into 2021, that will be the final year of his deal. That could mean that we see Peart starting opposite Thomas by 2022 if he can demonstrate his skills in practice. While playing time may be in short supply initially, there is a path to Peart being a valuable part of this line, potentially as early as next season, but if not then entering the third-year of his rookie deal in 2022.
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