NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan posted his rankings of the league’s best defensive tackles and Cincinnati’s Domata Peko got solid reviews as a 4-3 nose tackle. I always believed Peko was a solid player, but I’ve never considered him spectacular. ESPN’s ScoutsInc. seems to view him the same way, grading him with a 75 out of 100.
Overall though, Peko is a worthwhile asset considering his leadership role on the defensive front and his intangibles, which seem to be pretty good as a well. Plus, he’s earned a permanent place in my heart with a pancake block of Troy Polamalu last year. He should be a stabilizing force this fall on a defensive line that figures to have a lot of young players. And that unit could develop into the centerpiece of the entire team.
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