Former UConn offensive tackle Matt Peart’s pro dreams came true on Friday might. The Massachusetts native was drafted in the 3rd round to the New York Giants, 99th overall. Peart was the 11th offensive tackle to go off the board in a tackle-heavy draft.
Peart is the 40th player in UConn history to hear his name called in the NFL draft, and only the second offensive tackle in the team’s modern era. Will Beatty was also drafted by the New York Giants in 2009, in the second round, and would go on to win a Super Bowl with the team.
Peart’s steadily gained attention from NFL scouts over his last two seasons, despite being a member of some of the worst teams in school history. Scouts praised him for his size and athleticism, but noted that he still needs to bulk up and refine his game in order to become an every-day starter. Giants SB Nation site Big Blue Review also has generally high marks for Peart, noting that he’s quick on the ball and has good footwork.
Despite being touted as a diamond in the rough by draft pundits, Peart wasn’t predicted to be a picked very early — some mock drafts had him being selected as late as the sixth round, but most had him pegged as a late-3rd, early-4th round talent.