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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Charone Peake, WR

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Charone Peake, WR
School: Clemson | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 208 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Andre Johnson


College Statistics

Player Overview

Clemson is a powerhouse school. Most notably they have managed to attract some of the greatest wide receiver talent around the country. All the Clemson wide receivers have a similar mold they are big, fast, and have great hands – Charone Peake is no different. It's hard to get a prominent role in Clemson's high-powered offense especially when you play behind guys like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Mike Williams, and Artavis Scott. It's even harder when your 2013 and 2014 seasons were cut short due to knee injuries. In 2015, due to the unfortunate injury to Mike Williams in the home opener, Peake finally got to show off his skills and they are impressive. 

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Peake "was as talented as any player we've had at Clemson". He also said Peake was "faster than any receiver we've ever had". That quite the praise as Clemson has produced speedsters on a consistent basis particularly Martavis Bryant and DeAndre Hopkins.

Strengths

  • Excellent deep speed he tracks the ball well in the air and has good body control to adjust and make the catch.
  • Able to use his burst and size to get separation.
  • Good hands, he catches with them instead of his body.
  • Has the athletic ability to make the "WOW" catches.
  • Able and willing to block with authority, he plays with intensity and urgency – he put several guys on their butts.
  • Physical after the catch, protects the ball and goes after the defenders, has a mean stiff arm too.

Weaknesses

  • You want to see him dominated contested catches and jump balls he needs to develop consistency in this area.
  • The combine medical process will be paramount for him. Peake suffered a torn ACL in 2013 and had another knee surgery in 2014.


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How He Would Fit on the Redskins

The Redskins will eventually need to draft a wide receiver who can be a deep threat and who can make the tough catches and move the chains. Peake has the speed and hands to do both, he is also an authoritative run blocker to boot. 
He lacks the track record you want to see out of a high draft pick because of him being buried behind NFL level talent and his setback with injuries but Peake in my view is one of the best all-around receiving prospects in this draft. Peake arguably has at least, 2nd round talent. If he can remain healthy and continue to fly under the radar he should be a value pick for the team that selects him. The Redskins could use a big bodied, fast receiver to develop behind our veteran talent until he eventually takes the reigns.