Re-structuring quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract earlier this offseason, the Buffalo Bills have given signals that they are not fully committed to Taylor as their franchise quarterback. With this being the case, the Bills could look to add a developmental quarterback during the later stages of this year’s NFL Draft.
While there is still a chance that the Bills could add a first round quarterback like Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, the odds are pointing more against this outcome everyday. Add in that the Bills now have connections to two late round quarterback options and Buffalo should go the route of development over day one quality.
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The first connection is one we have already addressed in Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. The nephew of Bills great Jim Kelly, Kelly is someone that has a lot of raw talent but also the same amount of unwanted traits. Another option that has recently come to the forefront is that of Pittsburgh signal caller Nathan Peterman.
Hosting the Pitt Panther for a visit, it is unknown what type of visit was had between the two. That said, most teams only host players for visits if they are interested in potentially drafting them. Now seen as one of the rising talents in this year’s draft class, Peterman is someone that the Bills would likely need to use a third or fourth round pick on given his current rise.
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That said, Peterman is bringing with him experience, mesurables, and overall talent. Possessing the size needed to be successful at the NFL level, Peterman has experience playing and starting in a pro-style offense. Spending his first two seasons at the University of Tennessee, Peterman transferred to Pittsburgh and was the team’s starter for both his Junior and Senior campaigns.
Putting up over 5,100 yards passing during his two-years with the Panthers, Peterman threw for 47 combined touchdowns and only 15 interceptions during his two seasons. Given his other traits and performances during the pre-draft process, Peterman would be a good choice for a developmental quarterback going forward.