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With the 2016 NFL Draft still months away, it’s time to dig a little for your dynasty fantasy football teams.  In this article, we will be discussing former Clemson wide out, Charone Peake.  He cpeakecertainly got my attention during the Combine with his athleticism, so I re-watched his game against Syracuse, a few highlight videos, and reviewed his Senior Bowl week.  The former Orange man’s skills and attributes seem to translate to the next level; here are my thoughts:

WR-Charone Peake, Clemson 6′ 2″ 209 lbs.

Cons: The senior wide out only has 99 career receptions over four years at Clemson.  While he did suffer multiple knee injuries (doesn’t wear a knee brace anymore per interview at Senior Bowl), this lack of production is a bit alarming.  Last year was his best season with 50 catches for 716 yards with five touchdowns (this was in a 15 game season with only two games 99 yards or more). During his time at Clemson, the receiver got out shined by Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, and Martavis Bryant (with whom he is most often compared).   The Combine brought up this issues of his small hands, 9 1/4″.  Peake gets out-muscled on some contested throws along with concentration issues that result in a 9.1% drop rate.

Pros: This wide out is more physical than most using strength and leverage overpowering smaller defenders in the open field fighting for extra yardage or blocking in the run game.  Peake has good ball tracking skills, can make the difficult catch while snaring the pigskin in stride.  He runs clean routes, makes the most of his small, yet soft hands with a few amazing one-handed catches. Clemson used him effectively as a deep threat or on simple bubble screens.  Once the receiver gets into the open, he combines stiff-arms, and spin moves to explode down the sidelines.  Peake has a good feel of the red zone and can separate to create space with his quick feet in those tight quarters.

Overall impressions: His lack of college production along with injuries will scare many pundits away.  I see a lot of room to grow with his skill set when Peake gets some good professional coaching.  He is a good later round rookie draft target in those leagues with bigger benches and hopefully taxi squads.

Thanks for reading!

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