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Written by: Joseph Yun
The 2023 NFL draft is now live in Kansas City, home of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Tennessee holds the 11th overall selection currently. In a wild and wacky top ten that saw numerous trades and shockers, the Titans held firm to draft versatile Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski.
Who is Peter Skoronski?
A four-star recruit out of high school. Skoronski is a tackle prospect with three seasons of starting experience at left tackle for the Wildcats. He was the fourth-highest-graded tackle prospect by Pro Football Focus with an overall score of 89.5. He has impressive athleticism for either tackle or guard, scoring very high in RAS, which was a theme for Ran Carthon’s first offseason in charge. He is a technical marvel with NFL bloodlines, as his grandfather, Bob, played for the Packers during the Vince Lombardi heyday. He’s seen a total of 2,382 snaps and allowed just eight penalties in those reps. If we go by PFF season grades, he has an average offensive grade of 84.9. He’s a better pass blocker than a run blocker, according to the organization, as he scored 93.0 as a pass blocker over 81.7 as a run blocker. A 2022 First Team All-American and All-Big Ten selection.
What does he bring to Tennessee?
He will compete with free agent signing Andre Dillard for the left tackle job in training camp or if he loses that battle, slide over to left guard. A position that wasn’t adequately filled last season before the departure of stalwart Rodger Saffold. A relentless motor with great hands and seeing the best EDGE rushers in the Big Ten. He’s an effective puller and athlete at the second level. Constantly working to seek targets. It remains to be seen what position Skoronski ultimately settles in, but expect a spirited competition between him and Dillard at left tackle. Former second-round selection Dillon Radunz will provide him with competition at left guard. Tennessee has numerous holes to fill on the offensive line and they add another piece to help fill the gaps.
What is his RAS and player comparison?
Official RAS as a Titans selection:
Side-by-side comparison with Alijah Vera-Tucker
Skoronski’s direct comparison is former USC lineman and current Jets’ star lineman, Alijah Vera-Tucker. Both prospects were tackles in college before being mooted for left guard, which AVT was ultimately moved after his arrival in Gotham. It remains to be seen how the Titans proceed with Skoronski. They don’t have the ideal length for tackle but their play merits a look at that position.
Welcome to Nashville, @Peter Skoronski!