Position: Defensive End
Drafted: Round 3, 67th overall
Height: 6′ 3"
Weight: 246 lbs.
Birthdate: October 29, 1979
NFL Comparison: Joey Porter
Strengths: Antwaan Peek is the sort of tweener that looks to convert to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive system. Incredible speed off the ball from a down position, he could develop into the chief pass-rushing weapon in the Texans defense.
Peek came to Cincinnati as a wide receiver and then shifted to defensive back before he put on weight and found his niche as a defensive lineman. He had 8.5 sacks in 2000 and 12.5 sacks in 2001 before dropping back to 6.5 sacks as a senior.
Peek has a great motor and is excellent in pursuit. Had one interception in college and has some coverage skills and is a kick blocker.
Areas of Concern: Peek tends to get engulfed by bigger lineman and is not much in terms of holding ground at the point of attack. He also can be too emotional at times. Reacts more than reads plays. Not a high-IQ guy.
2003 Expectations: With some other OLB options signed in free agency, Peek may not come to the surface immediately but expect him to be a solid special teams performer who will find his way into the starting lineup by 2004, if not this season. Before long, Houston fans will be chanting "Peek-a-boo" after QB sacks.
profile by Bob Hulsey
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