Let's pinpoint which current NFL signal-caller the Buffalo Bills' new starting quarterback Nathan Peterman is most similar.
No, athleticism isn't nearly as important for quarterbacks as it is for every other position on the field, but this part of the same series in which Buffalo's 2017 newcomers were included.
And this comparison profile goes beyond combine measurables, although they were the starting point:
|Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman||49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo|
|Hand Size||9 7/8"||9 1/4"|
In college, Garoppolo had a touchdown rate of 7.5 percent in his final two seasons at Eastern Illinois. His interception rate over that time frame was 2.1 percent. He completed 63.7 percent of his passes at an even 8.0 yards per attempt.
As for Peterman, in his two seasons as a collegiate starter at the University of Pittsburgh, his touchdown rate was 7.5 percent. His interception percentage was 2.4. He completed 61.0 percent of his passes at an 8.3 yards-per-attempt clip.
Garoppolo and Peterman operated quite different systems in college. Garoppolo played in a pass-heavy spread attack. Peterman ran a traditional pro-style system in which he was utilized under center often. Still, it's remarkable how athletically similar and comparably productive the two signal-callers were at the collegiate ranks.