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Jaret Patterson NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Washington Football Team RB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson carries the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Akron in Amherst, N.Y., Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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HEIGHT: 5'6 1/2"

WEIGHT: 195

     

POSITIVES

— Lots of quick-twitch movements in his running style. Very good quickness, balance and change-of-direction ability. Plays with a natural low center of gravity due to his height and will leave defenders off-balanced due to his stop-start ability.

— Plays with good strength despite his size. Has a thick lower-body build that allows him to play big.

— Despite limited production in the passing game, displays natural hands when the ball does come his way. Has the body control and quick-twitch that will translate well into an NFL passing game. Shows above-average eyes and good fight in his pass protection.

— Shows good vision and patience on various run schemes.

— Consistently shows burst when he plants his foot and gets north through the hole. Quickly gets to the second level and takes advantage of what's being blocked for him.

— Massive production. Was able to maintain production and not wear down even with a 30+ carry workload.

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— Plays with a competitive edge in his game. Runs angry and shows fight on every single snap.

     

NEGATIVES

— Long speed is below-average to pull away from defenders.

—Poor height. Lacks the size to hold up in a fully featured role and will have to be part of a committee to hold up physically in the NFL.

— 0 receptions in 2020 and only 20 in his career.

— Tons of production but played against below-average competition in the MAC. There were times where it was like a video game with the sliders turned down, and he was able to bully over smaller defenders, but that will happen with less frequency at the next level.

— Never returned in his college career. Lack of size and overwhelming athleticism limits special teams appeal.

     

2020 STATISTICS

6 G, 141 att., 1072 yards, 7.6 avg., 19 TD

     

NOTES

— 2020 MAC Offensive POY

     

OVERALL

Jaret Patterson is an extremely productive short RB who plays with a competitive edge throughout his game that allows him to play much larger than his listed height. Patterson makes the most of his size, playing with a low center of gravity that allows him to play with very good foot quickness and balance, putting defenders in the torture chamber when they get into close quarters.

Patterson also utilizes his thick lower body build, running hard and showing good play strength for his size and is not afraid to bully defenders when given a squared-up opportunity. Patterson does not have a lot of production in the passing game but did show natural hands when the ball was thrown his way, and his shiftiness allows him to be an interesting candidate for Choice and Angle routes at the next level. The obvious negative with Patterson is his size, or lack thereof, and the fact he is not an overwhelming athlete who lacks true long speed to take plays the distance.

Durability and the question marks on whether he can take an extended workload or provide any special teams value make him a bit of a luxury player. Even with those concerns, Patterson is a shifty player who shows early-down RB qualities like vision and toughness with the ability to create on his own but will have to be paired with another RB to maintain health and show value as a 3rd-down RB in protection and pass game and/or special teams value as a returner.

     

GRADE: 7.15/10 (Future role player, 4th round)

OVERALL RANK: 148/300

POSITION RANK: RB8

PRO COMPARISON: Dion Lewis

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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