2017 NFL Draft Reaction: Nathan Peterman Goes To The Buffalo Bills
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Drafted 171st overall by the Buffalo Bills, Nathan Peterman joins a Bills organization that still has long-term question marks at the QB position.
The fifth rounder was highly touted by some scouts for his work at Pittsburgh as a pro-style QB, which makes his slide a bit intriguing considering some thought he could potentially be an early second rounder. Instead, he enters a Bills depth chart with Tyrod Taylor as the starter, last year’s fourth-round pick, Cardale Jones, and Peterman. All three of these players are quite different in style of play.
We’ll get to more of that in a minute. But first, we take a comprehensive look at the new Buffalo Bill QB, Nathan Peterman.
Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 226
RotoDoc’s Quarterback Success Model uses a statistical selection process to provide a likelihood of success in the NFL. Dating back to 2007, it has successfully classified QB 93 percent of the time.
The model doesn’t look too keenly on Peterman, giving him just a 7.0 percent chance of becoming a long-term NFL starter. However, it really like Peterman’s film grade. His film grade of 74 ranks higher than that of Mike Glennon (73), Dak Prescott (72), and Jimmy Garoppolo (71).
After not seeing much playing time at Tennessee, and a lackluster junior year campaign, Peterman absolutely smashed in his final year at Pittsburgh from an efficiency standpoint. His 10.1 final year AYA is the best of any prospect studied so far.
After starting his collegiate career with his first two years at Tennessee, Peterman transferred to Pittsburgh after a hand injury gave Joshua Dobbs an opportunity to start for the Vols. Dobbs took the job and never looked back, with Peterman spending the next two years at Pitt before declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft:
Peterman’s statistics improved nearly across the board last year. His 10.1 Adjusted Yards per Attempt led the ACC and Peterman played perhaps the best game of his career against No. 2 ranked Clemson. Peterman completed 22 of 37 drop backs for 308 yards and five passing touchdowns, thrusting him into the national spotlight after Pitt came away with a 43-42 win.
Peterman’s collegiate success led to him finishing as the seventh-highest ranked QB according to our final RotoViz Scouting Index, 47th overall.
Peterman enters the National Football League coming off a mildly successful collegiate career, now let’s take a look at his prospects and impact in Buffalo.