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Old 04-29-2004   #3
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For a look back, from ProFootballWeekly before the last draft:

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Cincinnati’s Antwan Peek is creating quite a stir after a strong Combine and even better pro-day showing, and at least one scout thinks he could be a first-round pick. If the amount of attention Peek is receiving from teams is any indication, it looks like a good possibility. Pro Football Weekly has learned that Peek is visiting the Patriots today and has already visited the Rams.

Every other team that employs a 3-4 scheme has scheduled Peek for a private workout, including the Steelers, Texans and Ravens. Like Julian Peterson, whom the 49ers drafted 16th overall out of Michigan State in 2000, Peek is a special player because he has the speed and athleticism to play outside linebacker but can also line up on the edge and be a speed rusher.

Peek would allow Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to be more creative, after using a 4-1-6 scheme part of the year last season. He would also be a good replacement for Texans OLB Jeff Posey, who departed for Buffalo in free agency. The Panthers, who have a similar player in Julius Peppers, have also expressed interest in scheduling a visit.

Peek was one of the top performers at the Combine among defensive ends and improved his 20-yard shuttle from 4.33 to 4.21 at his pro day, which would have led all ends at the Combine. So would his 40-time, as he was clocked under 4.5 by some scouts after having run a 4.66 40 at the Combine. His 37-inch vertical jump wasn’t too shabby either. While he may be a tad light at 243 pounds, his speed and athleticism make up for his lack of size.

If history is any indication of the future, Peek shouldn’t have any problem adding weight. He began his career as a receiver and wanted to keep playing the position, but his body kept growing, and after adding 20 pounds beyond his control, he was moved to the secondary. After putting on another 20 pounds, he was moved to playing down linebacker, which he was not overly excited about doing. But he liked the opportunity to play the same position as the player he grew up idolizing — Lawrence Taylor. And it didn’t take long before he was wreaking havoc off the edge, leading the Bearcats in sacks the last three seasons and rewriting the school record book. With a few years in the right program, he shouldn’t have any problem adding weight and could develop into an outstanding player.
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