Peter Skoronski Draft Profile – 2023 NFL Draft
Peter Skoronski NFL Draft Scouting Report Introduction
Peter Skoronski, a former three-year starter at left tackle for Northwestern. With his three seasons of experience in the Big Ten and plenty of tape to indicate his abilities, Skoronski is one of the most refined offensive linemen in the 2023 NFL Draft and is expected to be a plug-and-play starter.
Skoronski comes from a football family, with his grandfather Bob Skoronski having played for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers, serving as a captain on five NFL Championship teams.
Peter Skoronski was a 4-star recruit out of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and received offers from top programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State, as well as scholar schools such as Duke, Stanford, and Northwestern. He made an immediate impact as a true freshman when he stepped into Rashawn Slater’s role at left tackle during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. From his freshman year on, Skoronski showed improvement and versatility as a complete offensive lineman.
Peter Skoronski 2023 NFL Draft Profile
When watching Skoronski play, his fundamentals immediately catch your attention. He has crisp hands and showcases a variety of pass sets to change the approach of opposing pass rushers. He has shown the ability to take vertical sets and challenge speed rushers, as well as short-set rushers and force them to play through his frame.
Peter Skoronski forty yard dash- 5.2 seconds
Player Comparison- Zack Martin / Rashawn Slater
Scouting Report- Strengths
Skoronski’s base is impressive and he has a firm anchor in protection and climb vertically in the run game. He is also aware of the importance of avoiding a static base and stays dynamic to maintain his posture.
As a run blocker, Skoronski is effective in his vertical movement on double teams, particularly when charged with stepping down on inside-shaded defenders. He is effective in collecting and climbing to the second level, and has also shown his abilities in zone work, stringing out the point of attack horizontally.
He projects well to both gap and power concepts and has shown flashes of counter work that allow him to pull through the set and get vertical on linebackers on the second level. His strength in the rushing attack will translate well and quickly to the NFL.
Scouting Report- Weaknesses
While there is a lot to like about Skoronski, there are some questions that will impact his final stock and position for different teams.
He may not be as explosive as some would like, particularly in some of the 2022 contests studied, and his length and wingspan may also be a concern. In the 2021 Michigan game, he struggled with wingspan and getting his hands attached, particularly on speed rushes. Some of his second-level angles were short when climbing to pick off backside flow, but to be fair, they were disadvantageous angles.
For a player in his projected draft range, more consistency in hitting these landmarks would be desirable. Teams who view him as an interior talent may not value him as highly, which will impact his final stock.
He doesn’t project to be an NFL left tackle due to size limitations as a pass blocker. The scouting report on him will highlight his short arms, as far as arm length goes for NFL left tackles. A move inside on the offensive line from left tackle to guard.
Peter Skoronski 2023 NFL Draft Summary
Despite these concerns, Skoronski is expected to be a starter from day one for his team, with a high level of football IQ in all phases and proficient hand usage and technique to sustain blocks. He is a position-versatile player who will clear tackle thresholds for some, and is an effective mover in all concepts in the run game.
However, there may be some challenges for him to be a positive starter immediately, as he will either need to acclimate to setting against NFL-caliber linemen each week on the edge or he will need to re-calibrate as an interior lineman.
- Complete skill set as a defensive end
- Projects to be a good starter and a versatile offensive lineman
- Fundamentally sound
- Arm length
- True left tackle?
- Are projections too high for a team to select a guard in top 10?
Even though an NFL team may elect to move Skoronski inside to guard, doesn’t mean he’s not necessarily worth the top 10 selection. He’s clearly the most NFL-ready and fundamentally sound at his position in this year’s draft class.
We have him ranked as our 8th overall prospect and top of the board for offensive linemen.