Nathan Peterman, Pitt [QB] – Alex Williams

Name: Nathan Peterman

Position: Quarterback

School: Pittsburgh

Height: 6″2

Weight: 225lbs

Games watched: Vs Clemson, Penn State, Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech (2015)

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Overview

Highly recruited QB coming out of Florida. He signed with Tennessee, but only managed 4 games before breaking his hand in 2013. Was benched in 2014 for Joshua Dobbs and never regained the starting spot. Transferred to Pitt to finish his career, starting 11 games in 2015 and every game in 2016.

2015: 2,287 – 20 TD’s – 7 INTs

2016: 2,855 – 27 TD’s – 7 INT’s

Positives

Good height and size at 6″2, 225lbs with big hands at 10 inches. A big positive for Peterman is that he played in a NFL-style offense, taking snaps from both under centre and in the shotgun. Has very active feet in the pocket, re-setting his stance to make throws when sliding. Stays very poised in the pocket when going through his progressions and is more than happy to stand and deliver with pressure in his face. Good accuracy across the board and is capable of making every throw. Will often lead receivers out of danger and throws conservative passes that only his receivers can catch. He’s an excellent deep passer, connecting on 46.2% of all his deep throw attempts. Intelligent and composed, he anticipates pressure and has enough mobility to avoid sacks and scramble. In the clip below, Vs Penn State, he avoids the collapsing pocket and shows nice athletic ability to scramble for a long run.

His tape shows he’s a more than capable passer on the run, in near enough every game I watched he connects on throws on bootleg plays. On the play below Vs Clemson, he throws a tight window pass while on the move and with pressure in his face. He’s a player that’s not afraid of contact, often putting his body on the line for his team. Will stand tall in the pocket and take hits- giving himself an extra tick or two to allow receivers to get open and to find them in space.

Negatives

Although capable of making every throw, there is some inconsistency when re-setting his feet, causing him to miss on some throws. Will overthrow receivers on occasions and doesn’t quite have the touch on his passes that will be required of him at the NFL level. He can make the deep passes, but there are some question marks on his arm strength, needs to drive on the pass to avoid elite safeties ball-hawking in the secondary. Clip below vs Georgia Tech shows his sailing, overthrown pass.

Has issues with ball-handling when handing off or keeping in read-option plays and will sometimes fumble the ball when scrambling. Not a huge issue right now, but will need ironing out before he becomes a starter in the NFL. Despite the fact he has enough mobility to avoid the rush and scramble, his athletic ability is very average. Especially compared to the other quarterbacks in the class who are very good athletes (Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer).

Bottom Line

I think his stock may rise considerably as the draft nears. I feel he’s slightly underrated compared to the other quarterbacks in the class. This years draft is not littered with high quality, day one starter quarterbacks, but there is more than a few developmental guys that will probably come off the board on day 2. Nathan Peterman will be one of them. Watching his tape, it’s obvious that the talent is there and he can make every throw with good accuracy. Will need to improve his touch pass and driving on the ball with more zip, when throwing seam routes and tight-windowed passes. His tape vs Clemson is certainly one to watch, as Peterman had a great game against the top-ranked unbeaten Tigers, driving his team late in the 4th to set up a field-goal to win 43-42, throwing 5 touchdown passes in the process. That sort of leadership and winning mentality is something which will attract a lot of teams to Peterman.

Round Grade

Round 2-3

I think he’ll be the 4th QB off the board.

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