New England Patriots: Re-picking the 2017 NFL Draft

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Nathan Peterman
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Nathan Peterman /
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 10: Nathan Peterman /

Round 4, Pick 131: QB Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh

Actual Pick: DE Deatrich Wise Jr., Arkansas

The New England Patriots had to wait awhile to make their next pick, and they got a good player in Deatrich Wise. In this re-draft though, Wise went to the team a little higher. Now, the Patriots had options as to what position they would look to address.

If New England knew that they would trade both Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo, they could have begun their search for a future quarterback. Current Bills QB Nathan Peterman would have fit the bill. Forget about his poor play in Buffalo, he would have been learning from Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick in New England. He would have time to develop and would have looked the part here.

Peterman has the typical quarterback frame standing at 6’2″ and weighing in at 226 lbs. That’s slightly smaller than Brady at 6’4″, but he’s the exact same size as Jimmy G.

Here’s the NFL Draft profile for Peterman.

"“Smooth, quick set-up in pocket. Grips the ball with big, 10-inch hands. Poised in pocket and takes the hit to deliver a completion. Will set-up, slide and then re-set before making his throw. Can cut it loose from off-balance angles from bootleg or play-action if he sees a winning option break open early. Full field reader. Works all the way through his progressions.  Good escapability and can extend drives with his legs. Excellent deep ball accuracy completing 46.2 percent of his deep throws.”"

Peterman sounds a lot like Garoppolo. Of course, you can’t say he would be as good, but given a chance in New England, it’s possible that he could be.