Jaret Patterson NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Shades Of Ray Rice With Concerns Over Size
This is The Game Day’s Jaret Patterson NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Jaret Patterson Scouting Report, head over to Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Jaret Patterson NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Jaret Patterson: Bio & Measurables
- College: Buffalo
- Class in Final Season: Junior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 21 Years
- Height: 5-foot-9
- Weight: 195 lbs.
Jaret Patterson: Scouting Report
- Elusive with strong contact balance
- A patient runner with strong vision
- Demonstrated ability to run between-the-tackles
- Elite college production
- Does not have elite speed
- Faced weaker competition in the Mid-American Conference
- Underwhelming production in the passing game
- Small frame leads to durability concerns
Jaret Patterson NFL Outlook
Patterson had a fantastic career at Buffalo, capping it off with an absurd 1,072 rushing yards (7.6 YPC) and 19 touchdowns, while also adding 209 receiving yards and a touchdown. Patterson put an exclamation mark on his junior season with 409 yards and eight touchdowns on 36 carries against Kent State, falling only 18 yards shy of Samaje Perine‘s NCAA rushing yards record.
He is a smart runner with great vision. His excellent contact balance allows him to shake off defenders and gain yards after contact. Patterson can make defenders miss with his elusiveness and pick up yardage between-the-tackles.
Patterson’s frame could prevent him from carrying the load as a three-down back. This is a player who is better suited to be a change of pace back. He needs to improve on his receiving skills to help make up for his 5-9, 195-lb frame.
Patterson would do well in tandem with a running back who complements his skill-set, perhaps a big back who can catch passes and handle red-zone carries.
Jaret Patterson NFL Comparison
Ray Rice: Patterson (5-9, 195-lbs) has almost identical measurables to Rice (5-8, 199-lbs). Both running backs showed the ability to make defenders miss and run between-the-tackles. Each player put up elite rushing yards with underwhelming receiving production in college.
Rice became an excellent receiver at the professional level, which is something that Patterson needs to work on in order to thrive in the NFL.
Jaret Patterson 2021 Draft Team Fits
The Jags hit a home run with undrafted rookie James Robinson, but this is a thin running back room that needs to add depth behind its stud back. Patterson’s elusiveness would complement Robinson’s bruising style quite well.
Robinson averaged 20.6 touches per game as a rookie and the Jags would be wise to limit his workload. Patterson would be a change-of-pace for Robinson. If Patterson can develop his skills in the receiving game, that would allow him to take over as the third-down back.
The Seahawks appear to be moving forward without Chris Carson, leaving the starting running back job up for grabs between Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas. Patterson would be a solid value for Seattle to add depth behind Penny, who has dealt with injury issues throughout his career.
The Titans need to add a productive player to give Derrick Henry a breather. Henry is coming off a 397-touch season and we all know what happens to running backs when they are given too large of a workload. While Henry is a freak, it’s time for the Titans to invest in his backup and Patterson would be a solid choice.
Jaret Patterson 2021 NFL Draft Prediction
Round 4, Pick 97: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars could address their other needs in the first three rounds and then add Patterson to provide a one-two punch with Robinson in their new-look offense.
Adding Patterson would give new head coach Urban Meyer a variety of ball-carriers at his disposal, including Robinson and Swiss Army knife wideout Laviska Shenault.
Jaret Patterson NFL Draft Bets
The only draft prop available at BetMGM right now is to bet on who will be selected first overall. This is clearly out of the cards for Patterson, so there’s no point to even look at the odds.
I would monitor the situation to see if any sportsbooks come out with a prop on where Jaret Patterson will be selected in the draft.
We have seen the way running backs have fallen in recent drafts. While Patterson is a talented runner, his diminutive size and underwhelming receiving production make it likely that he falls to the fourth round.
Now that you’ve read our Jaret Patterson Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned after the 2021 NFL Draft for his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his likely NFL team.
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