Measurables: 6-foot-2, 226 pounds
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds. Vertical jump: 31 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.14 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds.
Career stats: 37 games, 26 starts, 398 of 663, 60.0 completion percentage, 5,236 yards, 47 TDs, 17 INTs, 172 carries, 525 yards, 5 TDs.
Draft projection: Third-fourth round.
1. He played in a pro-style passing attack. Peterman led the Panthers’ highest-scoring offense in program history as a senior in 2016, an attack that put up 40.9 points per game. He also led the ACC in passer efficiency (163.4 rating), starting all 13 games while completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,855 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
2. He’s resilient. Peterman signed with Tennessee coming out of high school in Florida so that he could play SEC football. He didn’t get many chances, though, redshirting as a freshman in 2012. He broke his hand in his first start of 2013 and threw just 23 passes that season, then got benched after two series in 2014 in favor of Joshua Dobbs, who started the rest of the year. Peterman ended up throwing only 43 passes for Tennessee.
3. He’s smart. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in communications he earned in three years at Tennessee, Peterman also has an MBA from Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He made the 2016 All-ACC Academic Football Team.
Fun fact: Peterman will celebrate his one-year wedding anniversary the day after the draft concludes, April 30.
They said it: “The other guy that is a little like Kirk Cousins is Nate Peterman from Pitt. And I've had a lot of people tell me that is who he is. He's similar, focused, dedicated. Doesn't have a big arm, but has enough arm that he throws with anticipation and timing. He's the kind of guy that might be a lower-level starter.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
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