With the selection of natural LT Andrew Thomas with the 4th pick in the 1st round, the New York Giants embarked on a long-awaited offensive-line rebuild. Continuing this trend, they selected RT Matt Peart with the 99th pick in the draft, coming in the 3rd round. Peart is very big and athletic coming out of the University of Connecticut. Let’s take a look at how he fits in!
Career at UCONN
Peart (PAY-RT), spent his early years in Kingston, Jamaica, and soon moved to the Bronx, NY at 4 years old. Peart played basketball throughout childhood and not until high school, at Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts, did he play football. Connecticut noticed his size and brought him on, sitting him in 2015. In 2016 and 2017 he utilized his natural talents at left tackle. Peart transitioned to the right side in 2018. He was a first-team All-ACC selection as a redshirt senior, again starting all 12 games at right tackle. Additionally, Peart was successful in all but one of his run-blocking assignments. He sealed the edges of an offense that produced two 1,000-yard rushers in 2018 and another 1,000-yard rusher in 2019. Peart earned 2019 Team Captain and invitee to the 2020 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Fitting in Blue
Last night Dave Gettleman stated that the Giants brass had Peart graded ‘well-above’ any of the centers available at the 99th pick. Temple center Matt Hennessy, a stout lineman, and Nyack Native, was picked by the Atlanta Falcons with the 78th pick. So, it makes sense the Giants doubled up on the outside. Peart is springy and big (6’7 318 lbs) with long arms (37″). Giants head coach Joe Judge is quoted as saying, “He definitely has a lot of upside…I don’t want to say he is developmental, he is developing, and they all are. He’s got tremendous work ethic, he’s got a great attitude.”
Peart has all the makings for a depth piece on the line that could turn into a high-end replacement for RT Nate Solder and has the versatility and power to dominate in multiple blocking schemes. Additionally, Peart is a local product growing up in the Bronx and grew up a Giants fan, that’s exciting.
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