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Stanford's Peat goes in the first round of NFL Draft to Saints

 

Offensive lineman Andrus Peat was selected 13th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Peat is Stanford's latest first-round pick, the 21st in program history and first since 2012, when Andrew Luck (first) and David DeCastro (24th) were selected in the opening round.

Peat is the fifth Stanford offensive lineman drafted in the last four years and the Cardinal unit's highest pick since 1992, when Bob Whitfield was chosen with the eighth overall pick in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Chandler, Ariz., the offensive tackle was an All-American in 2014 and is working on his degree in psychology.

As a junior in 2014, Peat started all 13 games at left tackle for an offensive line that ranked 18th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.62/game) and 42nd in sacks allowed (1.77/game).

He was named All-America by the AP, Walter Camp, CBS, SI.com and ESPN.com. Peat also was an All-Pac-12 performer and quarterfinalist for the Outland Trophy.

During his sophomore campaign, Peat made 14 starts at left tackle on the one of the nation's most productive offensive lines.

The unit helped Stanford rank 22nd in rushing (207.4 yards/game), 11th in sacks (1.14/game) and seventh in tackles for loss allowed (4.14/game). Peat was named SI.com All-America honorable mention and All-Pac-12 second team. He was also selected Stanford's Most Outstanding Sophomore (Deswarte-Ellar Award).

One of three freshmen offensive linemen to see playing time, Peat appeared in 13 games in 2012 and averaged 20 snaps per game.

The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots made Cardinal strong safety Jordan Richards their second round choice and. He was picked 64th overall.

A team captain, Richards started all 13 games in 2014 and ranked third in tackles with 79 (53 solo). He shared the team lead with three interceptions, had eight pass breakups, forced three fumbles and had 2.5 tackles for loss.

Richards registered 13 tackles against Oregon, 10 tackles (1.0 for loss) and forced a fumble against USC, had eight tackles against Arizona State and Cal, and seven tackles against Notre Dame and Washington State.

An All-Pac-12 first team recipient, Richards was a Phil Steele fourth team All-America choice, an SI.com All-America honorable mention, Capital One Academic All-District and Pac-12 All-Academic first team pick. He was a Campbell Trophy finalist, Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist, and was selected to the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists.

Cornerback Alex Carter went to the Detroit Lions in the third round, 80th overall.

As a junior in 2014, Carter played in all 13 games -- 12 as a starter -- at cornerback, recording 41 tackles (33 solo).

He broke up 10 passes, had one interception and forced one fumble. Carter had six solo tackles and one pass breakup against UCLA and four tackles, one pass breakup and one interception against Oregon.

Carter was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team selection. He also started the season on the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists.

Henry Anderson will see familiar faces in Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener, as he was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Anderson was the 29th pick of the round and 93rd overall.

The Atlanta native was an SI.com All-American honorable selection in 2014 at defensive end.

The fifth-year senior played in 13 games in 2014 and recorded 65 tackles (40 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two pass breakups.

Anderson was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 All-Academic first team, and was selected Capital One Academic All-District.

The political science major was a Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team pick, Anderson began the season on the Hendricks Award, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award and Outland Trophy watch lists.

Anderson started all 13 games and registered a game-high 11 tackles against Utah, contributing 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

He also posted eight tackles and one tackle for loss against Arizona State, seven tackles against Notre Dame, and six tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 quarterback sack against UCLA.

As a senior, Anderson rebounded from a knee injury against Army and played in eight games, collecting 19 tackles (eight solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 quarterback sacks.

He had five tackles against Oregon, four tackles against Notre Dame, three tackles and one sack against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game, and two tackles and one sack against Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Stanford wide receiver-kick returner Ty Montgomery went to the Green Bay Packers immediately following Anderson in the third round.

Montgomery overcame injuries in 2014 to play in 11 games (six starts) and caught a team-high 61 passes for 604 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 23 times for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Montgomery did his best work on special teams, returning 12 punts for 238 yards (19.8 yards/return) and two touchdowns, and brought back 17 kickoffs for 429 yards (25.2 yards/return).

He produced 205 all-purpose yards against USC and became Stanford's career leader in kickoff return yardage (2,133).

Montgomery was a CBS Sports All-America second team and SI.com All-America honorable mention selection (all-purpose) and was a Hornung Award finalist. He was also named All-Pac-12 second team as a return specialist and All-Pac-12 honorable mention at wide receiver.

The explosive Montgomery eclipsed 100 yards in all-purpose yards eight times during the 2014 season. In addition to the USC game, he had 206 all-purpose yards against Washington State, 171 against Oregon, 159 against UC Davis, 149 against Washington, 147 against Oregon State, 125 against Arizona State and 110 against Utah.

Montgomery started the season on the Hornung Award, Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch lists, and received preseason All-America recognition from SI.com, USA Today, ESPN.com, Athlon and Sporting News.

— Stanford Athletics

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