A two-year starter at Pittsburgh, Peterman couldn't beat out Joshua Dobbs at Tennessee, but blossomed the past two seasons in the Panthers' pro-style scheme, ranking eighth overall in the FBS in passing efficiency as a senior. After redshirting in Knoxville in 2012, Peterman struggled to see the field for the Vols the next two seasons before enrolling at Pitt prior to the 2015 season as a graduate transfer. A few games into the 2015 season, Peterman beat out incumbent starter Chad Voytik and completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,287 and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He had his best season in 2016 as a senior (13 starts) with 60.5 percent completions, 2,855 yards and a 27-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Peterman might not have prototypical physical traits, but he has good-enough size, arm strength and mobility to go along with his poise and toughness as a pocket passer. College completion percentages are often deceiving, but his 60-percent career completions match the tape and decision-making must improve for the next level. Although his streaky ball placement might limit his pro ceiling, Peterman is smart, efficient and fearless with enough arm talent to be a reliable NFL back-up with starting upside with improvements in certain areas.
STRENGTHS: Solidly-built frame with large hands and adequate height. NFL quality arm. Excellent touch on deep tosses -- averaged 9.3 yards per pass attempt in 2016 and not afraid to unload the ball downfield. Capable of driving the ball with added velocity with proper follow-through. Adjusts trajectory to drop the ball in between levels of the defense. Comfortable in the pocket with efficient movements to operate around the noise with his eyes elevated. Functional mobility to move the pocket and take the yardage if the run lane is there. Not afraid to stare down the gun barrel and allow routes develop, holding the ball until the last second. Sees the field well and delivers with anticipation. Resilient mentality and doesn't allow his emotions to get too high or too low. Experienced in a pro-style scheme and comfortable with three, five and seven step drops. Compiled a 47-to-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio the past two seasons at Pitt. Married (April 2016) with a mature lifestyle -- high character individual and worker.
WEAKNESSES: Erratic ball placement and makes receivers work for the reception. Inconsistent weight transfer and his feet and eyes are often on different pages. Pre-determines throws. Inconsistent eye use and bird-dogs his reads. Guilty of panicked decisions, forcing the ball into heavy coverage. Not the type of athlete who will make defenders miss. Needs to hold the ball tighter when scrambling with several fumbles on the game tapes studied. Simplistic passing offense at Pitt that relied on a lot of roll-outs and half-field reads.
11/14/2015 - Nate Peterman tied a career high with three touchdown passes to lead Pittsburgh past Duke 31-13 on Saturday. Peterman was 13 of 23 for 180 yards with touchdowns of 11 yards to Zach Challingsworth, 3 yards to J.P. Holtz and 5 yards to Dontez Ford. Qadree Ollison added 111 yards rushing with a late 1-yard TD to help Pitt (7-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) snap a two-game losing streak and keep its slim Coastal Division hopes alive, though the Panthers need some help from No. 17 North Carolina, the division leader. Parker Boehme was 23 of 42 for 248 yards with an interception and a 1-yard touchdown run in his first career start. Ross Martin kicked two field goals for Duke (6-4, 3-3), which has lost three straight - its longest losing streak since 2012. This could have been the final stage of a three-team round robin that could have decided the Coastal, but the surging Tar Heels pretty much took care of that by beating Pitt and Blue Devils in the past two weeks. - AP Sports