Free Range: The Story of FS Steve Peench

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  1. I Peench

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    This is the story of journeyman FS Steve Peench, who successfully transitioned sports after a horrible injury put an end to his promising baseball career. Once a centerfield, Peench moved to FS to play a similar role on the gridiron. Stay tuned as we detail his career progress!

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    UNC: Originally opting out of the MLB draft to come to Chapel Hill as a baseball recruit, Peench's career on the diamond went up in flames following a horrific shoulder injury. After joining the football team as a walk-on his sophomore season, Peench became an instant animal on special teams. By his junior season, he had ascended to the starting FS role on the Tar Heels defense, and was named 2nd team All ACC, in part because of his ball hawking ability (6 picks). Peench continued to progress his senior season, as he was the emotional leader and captain of the ACC Champion Heels - garnering 1st team All ACC and 2nd Team All America honors (8 picks, 66 tackles).

    Senior Bowl: 9 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT, but burned on a few PA passes and double moves. Football IQ continues to be a question mark. Peench did, however, show he brings extra value to the return game - breaking off a few nice punt returns during the game.
    Stock: <---> (late 2nd/early 3rd)

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    Stock: <---> (late 2nd/early 3rd)

    Pro Day:
    Bench Press: 21 reps
    40 Yard Dash: 4.44
    3-Cone Drill: 6.74
    20 Yard Shuttle: 4.08
    Stock: ^ (2nd)

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  2. I Peench

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    Draft Profile – Scouts Inc.

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    Name: Steve Peench
    College: North Carolina Number: 33
    Height: 5-11 Weight: 215
    Position: FS Pos2: SS
    Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012
    40 Low: 4.44 40 High: 4.53
    Projected Round: 2
    Stock: High: Late 1 Low: Early 3
    Rated number 3 out of 143 FS's 42 / 1971 TOTAL

    Overview
    Peench has been a productive player for 3 years in Chapel Hill, and his rapid ascension into 1st round territory has taken many analysts by surprise. Standing at 5’11 210, Peench was originally recruited by UNC to be a star CF for the Heels’ baseball team. Drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round coming out of high school, Peench declined in favor of a college education. A prized recruit, Peench assumed the starting CF and leadoff roles early on during his freshman season. After an extremely successful first year, Peench went down with a horrific shoulder injury in the ACC tournament, tearing both his rotator cuff and labrum. Doctors told him a full comeback would be unlikely, and that he’d have trouble throwing a baseball in the future, so he turned to the gridiron, where he starred as a running back and safety in high school.

    His sophomore season (and first on the football team) was an impressive one, as he became one of UNC’s best special teams players. Coaches praised his work ethic and hustle, and saw a whole lot of promise in the youngster. He won a tough position battle in training camp his junior season, and became the starting FS of the Tar Heels. Head Coach Larry Fedora wouldn’t regret the decision, as he tore up his first season as the starter, garnering 2nd team All ACC honors and collecting 6 interceptions. He progressed dramatically that off-season, and became a defensive captain and star his senior season. In his final year in Chapel Hill, Peench grabbed 8 interceptions and collected 66 tackles en route to an All American Season and ACC title.

    As it stands now, Peench is considered a solid 2nd round draft choice in an otherwise shallow draft class. He is currently the 4th rated safety in this class behind Mark Barron (Alabama), Harrison Smith (Notre Dame), and Tavon Wilson (Illinois). The biggest question marks surrounding Peench at this point is both his size (5’11) and his football iq (having come from a baseball background). Many believe he should’ve stayed in school for his 5th year of eligibility, so we’ll have to monitor his progress through the Senior Bowl, Combine, and Pro Day.
     
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    Steve Peench, FS, North Carolina
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    Very few prospects garner the sort of intrigue of Steve Peench, a player who scouts continue to be incredibly divided on. While few can doubt his physical skillset, many scouts wonder if he has enough football experience to compete at the next level. Throughout the week, Peench was incredibly active in practice, and demonstrated he continues to have one of the highest motors in this draft. His hip flexibility and closing speed are top notch, but his play recognition and zone coverage skills continued to be questioned by many.​
    Peench played a very average game by every stretch of the imagination. He had an acrobatic interception of QB Russell Wilson, but was fooled on a few PA passes to WR Brian Quick of Appalachin State, one of which was for a deep touchdown pass. Peench did add 9 tackles, however, including 2 for losses. He really failed to separate himself from the other top safeties in this game, though, as many still have safety Harrison Smith of Notre Dame ranked slightly higher than Peench. Though Peench seems to be more fluid and athletic, Smith has much better play recognition skills and overall footbally savvy.​
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    Analysts Divided on FS Peench

    NFL Draft analysts are all over the place when it comes to North Carolina FS Steve Peench

    Over on the NFL Network, analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis have two very different assessments of Peench.

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    Davis on Peench: "Many see the former Tar Heel standout as a potential #1 pick, but I'm just not feeling it. While he has great athleticism and work ethic, he's simply not polished enough for me to take that sort of a risk in the 1st round. As Mike Mayock would say 'With your 1st rounder, take a double, it doesn't need to be a home run or strike out.' I just don't see enough upside to think home run here, and way too many question marks. Though he provides added value in the return game, I can't see myself taking him before the 3rd round. Harrison Smith and Mark Barron are substantially better than he is right now."

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    Mayock on Peench: "Hard-nosed kid who grew up in the same area of Philadelphia I did. Will bring his lunch-pale to work every day, and has an underrated amount of athleticism. I project him to be a solid starting safety in this league in a similar mold as Eric Berry. Though he's not as polished as Berry was coming out of Tennessee, I think there's a ton of upside here. If I'm in the war room come Thursday, I'm pounding the table for this kid in the late 1st round."

    Likewise, on ESPN, Mel Kiper doesn't like Peench anywhere in the first two rounds. Conversely, Todd McShay sees Peench as having late 1st/early 2nd round value.
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    FS Steve Peench, North Carolina

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    Analysis:

    While Peench had a fantastic day overall, his 40 yard dash time was definitely slower than expected. "When I put on the tape, I see a 4.4 guy," NFL Network Draft specialist Mike Mayock said. Peench's athleticism was evident with his 40.5 inch vertical jump, which was the highest of any DB since Eric Berry posted a 43 inch vertical in 2010. Peench also posted a 134 inch broad jump, the highest of any safety ever. His 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle were somewhat disappointing, but still good enough to be in the top 10 of all DBs at the combine. While the 40 was disappointing, his stock won't take much of a hit due to the incredible explosiveness he displayed in the vert and broad.

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    2012 Draft Rumors: FS Steve Peench

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    Mike Mayock: "Now that the combine has come and gone, draft rumors continue to swirl concerning FS Steve Peench of UNC. During the combine, sources say he met with at least 5 confirmed teams: New England, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Minnesota. While it isn't abundantly clear where these teams value Peench, something about New England screams Peench to me. While his football IQ needs some work, he's an otherwise intelligent kid with the type of attitude and work ethic Bellicheck loves. While all 5 of these teams really need a safety, I've got New England sitting there at 31 making a whole lot of sense."
     
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    2012 UNC Pro Day: FS Steve Peench, Sr.

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    Peench Impresses At Pro Day

    Bench Press: 21 reps
    40 Yard Dash: 4.44
    3-Cone Drill: 6.74
    20 Yard Shuttle: 4.08

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    Todd McShay, ESPN: " FS Steve Peench had a very impressive pro day Tuesday, besting his times in the bench press, 40 yard dash, 20 yard shuttle, and 3 cone drill. He looked fluid in and out of his breaks, and continues to display excellent hands. This is certain to improve his stock, and should solidly cement him as at least a 2nd rounder. I currently have his stock rising, and have him graded as a late 1st or early 2nd."

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    2012 NFL Draft Preview: FS Steve Peench, UNC

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    NFL DRAFT SCOUT
    Name: Steve Peench
    College: North Carolina Number: 33
    Height: 5-11 Weight: 215
    Position: FS Pos2: SS
    Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012
    40 Low: 4.44 40 High: 4.53
    Projected Round: 2
    Stock: High: Late 1 Low: Early 3
    Rated number 3 out of 143 FS's 42 / 1971 TOTAL

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    1st Round (31) to the New England Patriots: "I've said it once and I'll say it again, Peench is just a Bellicheck kind of player. I've been pounding the table so hard for this kid, my hands are bruised. He's a highly underrated athlete that's sneaky quick, and he has a blue-collared attitude on and off the field. He will work his tail off for the Pats, and instantly upgrade a weak secondary, while providing value in the return game." - Mike Mayock, NFL Network

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    2nd Round (17) to the San Diego Chargers: "I still have a late 2, early 3 on Peench, but something tells me the Chargers are in love with this kid. Yes, he has some great athleticism and ball hawking ability, but I just don't see the value here at all. While the comparisons to Eric Weddle are inevitable, I don't think Peench has the same type of football savvy." -Charles Davis, NFL Network

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    3rd Round (8) to the Washington Redskins (via Buffalo): "Peench is the player de jour, more style and hype than substance. He's incredibly raw, and I can't see that translating to being a starter in this league. I've got him pegged as a late 3 in terms of value, but Washington is desperate to add some playmakers in their secondary. Don't forget, these guys have to go up against some pretty potent passing attacks in the NFC East." -Mel Kiper, ESPN

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    1st Round (27) to the Minnesota Vikings: "I've been a huge advocate of Peench's since I saw him compete every day during Senior Bowl week. The kid has a motor and intangibles that can't be overvalued. Couple that with incredible athleticism (134 inch broad jump?!) and you've got a 1st round talent. Due to his background in baseball, I expect him to continue to develop rapidly, as his ceiling is incredibly high. The Vikings need to start re-filling their secondary with some young athleticism, and my sources tell me they are in love with Peench for that very reason." - Todd McShay, ESPN
     
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    Note: I found several teams in need of a FS and randomly selected one. I created the draft storyline around that team and my player.

    Rumored Interested Teams: New England, Washington, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Minnesota
    Projected Round: Late 1/Early 2


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    With the 2nd overall pick, the Redskins surrender multiple picks to move up with St. Louis and select QB Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Washington is likely out for FS Steve Peench, provided they don't trade up again.

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    With the 7th overall pick, the Bucs select FS Mark Barron of Alabama. This all but eliminates them from contention. Baron was the consensus #1 FS, so they've more than filled that need.

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    With the 18th overall pick, the Chargers select Melvin Ingram of South Carolina. They bypass Peench here, but are very much in play for him in the 2nd round, as FS remains a need for them.

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    With the 29th overall pick, the Vikings select FS Harrison Smith of Notre Dame - passing on Peench in favor of the Golden Domer. Most analysts had Smith rated slightly higher than Peench, but some (including Mike Mayock) had Peench above him in his positional rankings.

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    With the San Francisco 49ers on the clock and the obviously interested New England Patriots on deck, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Niners phone is blowing up with teams interested in moving up to secure Peench before the Patriots get a crack at him. Will any team have enough ammunition to move up? Is this all smoke and mirrors?

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    ...In a stunning move, the Dallas Cowboys have moved up again in the 1st round (the first being to select LSU CB Morris Claiborne). And with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cowboys select FS Steve Peench of North Carolina!

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