40: 4.93 (Campus)
PROS: Has good size and decent speed as a short and intermediate target. Has nice hands, adjusts to throw and does a nice job attacking the ball in the air. Has good pop off the snap as an inline blocker and is able to get position. Uses hands to deliver blow to defender, able to seal the edge and shows good effort there. Capable of working out of the slot.
CONS: Body catches at times. Lacks speed to really challenge down the field. Needs to do a better job consistently locking on as a blocker. Needs to add strength in his lower body. Needs work in pass protection as he has trouble adjusting in space.
OVERVIEW: Peek is a good blocker in Alabama's run-first offense, but also flashes good ability as a receiver. Only really played two years of ball because he transferred from Georgia Tech after having a 25-catch season in 2007. Then in his lone year at Alabama, he had 26 catches and 3 scores.
NFL FORECAST: His role on the pro level will likely come as a blocker. He works well as an inline blocker and really dominated Sergio Kindle throughout the championship game this past year. And he still has room to grow with him possibly putting on another 10-15 pounds of muscle to really make him work as a full-time blocker. As a receiver, he has receiving skills and nice hands, but he's not going to be a weapon on the next level. More than likely he's a guy that will work as a No. 2 guy off the bench and can give a team 15 or so catches as an outlet guy in a given year. As a starter, he could do more, but we're talking maybe 30-35 passes max. He has the potential to be one of the better blocking tight ends in the league. He needs more polish there, but is good enough to compete right away. Would fit best in an offense that uses a lot of 2-TE sets and already has someone that is better geared for the H-back role, as Peek is better working as an inline blocker. He should have a long NFL career as a blocker.
ATL FORECAST: Peek is a similar player to Justin Peelle and would be a nice candidate to potentially replace Peelle in the next year or two. He can push Zinger for a roster spot and since he's a capable blocker and has more ability as a receiver, would have the advantage going forward. But he's not a threat in the passing game, and in the Falcons offense wouldn't be much more productive than Peelle was in 2008 as the starter.
VALUE: Because of his blocking potential, the highest he could go is the fourth round to a team looking for someone to fill that niche. But you'd feel better taking him in the fifth because of his limited offensive potential.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 2.5
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