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Andrus Peat enters 2015 NFL draft; Bengals target in mock drafts

Both Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are set to become free agents in 2016, so expect the Bengals to draft a tackle.

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Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman Andrus Peat is declaring for the 2015 NFL draft, he announced via a press release on Tuesday. Peat earned All-American honors in 2014 while also winning the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12 Conference’s top offensive lineman.

A 6-foot-7, 316-pound junior, Peat is regarded as one of the top offensive tackle prospects, started the final 27 games of his career. He took over as starting left tackle in the 2013 season, and has been a mainstay there ever since.

In Todd McShay's first mock draft for 2015, he tabbed Peat to the Bengals, who could lose both starting tackles next year.

Analysis: We've moved Peat down our board a bit this season, but he still has the ideal physical tools to be a starting left tackle in the NFL, with good length, a powerful upper body and very good agility in pass protection. He'd provide a boost to the Cincinnati offensive line, whose current starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth is entering the final season of his contract.

Both Whitworth and right tackle Andre Smith are set to become free agents in the 2016 offseason, so expect a tackle to be drafted before Round 3 this year. Peat is projected as a first-rounder right now, and he's probably not falling past the second round after the offseason scouting work is done on him.

At this point, Peat is regarded as a better run blocker than pass protector, so he'd fit well with a Bengals team that should remain run-heavy in 2015.