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Colts Castonzo’s ‘Clone’ at NFL Combine

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According to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, the Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo has a clone at this year’s NFL Draft Combine. Projected early 1st round Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat has nearly identical measurables:

Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) prepares to block at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 51-34. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

While the Colts could certainly use the offensive line help, it looks as though Peat will be long gone by the time the Indianapolis Colts draft with the #29 overall selection. He’s so far been projected to be a Top 20 selection come Day 1 to some offensive line needy teams.

With comparisons to Anthony Castonzo, it’s no wonder that Peat is one of the most highly regarded offensive lineman in this year’s draft:

"“One of a bevy of blue-chip offensive linemen in Stanford’s 2012 recruiting class (and a member of the Cardinal’s all-junior line in 2014), the five-star Arizona native made good on his recruiting hype by starting 27 consecutive games, winning the 2014 Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s top offensive lineman, and earning multiple 2014 All-America honors. – Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com”"

The Colts have been often linked to LSU offensive tackle La’El Collins, per various expert mock drafts. Collins is expected to be right around where the Colts draft in the 1st round with their current pick, whereas Peat will likely not be.

Ideally, Collins could be drafted to be the long-term successor to Gosder Cherilus at right tackle, but initially kick-in as the team’s starting right guard. Presumably, this could be the case with any offensive tackle that the Colts may draft. 

Unfortunately for Colts fans, that prospect most likely won’t be Peat unless something drastically changes between now and then. There will be no such double dosage of Castonzo. Until then, Colts fans can at least ooh and aah at some scary similarities between him and Castonzo. Just as long as he doesn’t end up in the AFC South of course.

Oct 25, 2014; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Andrus Peat (70) prepares to block Oregon State Beavers linebacker D.J. Alexander (4) rush during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports