Nathan Peterman intriguing Bears at 2017 Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is giving both the Chicago Bears and the players on the North Team roster an inside look at how the other works.

Chicago's coaching staff is taking full advantage of  its opportunities at the Senior Bowl to get closer looks at many different players, and one quarterback could be quietly shooting up their depth chart.

Pittsburgh's Nathan Peterman is the most NFL-ready quarterback on either squad down in Mobile, and he had a solid start to practice on Tuesday.

"Peterman was probably the winner among all of the Senior Bowl quarterbacks on Day 1," wrote WGN's Adam Hoge. "He has a quick release and good touch on his passes and has a reputation for making good decisions with the football. As for arm strength? It’s similar to Matt Barkley’s—good enough if he makes the right decisions."

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A two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee following the 2014 season, Peterman threw for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. He played in a pro-style offense for the Panthers and is comfortable playing both out of the shotgun and from under center.

According to's QB rankings, he is the sixth-best quarterback in this draft and is projected to go in the fourth round.

If Chicago opts to take a chance on him, Peterman will be excited for the opportunity.

“I’m just trying to make myself the most attractive to every team out there,” Peterman said, per Chris Emma of CBS Chicago. “It certainly would be a great opportunity to go up to Chicago and play for a great, storied program.”

As it currently stands, the only quarterback on Chicago's roster right now is Jay Cutler. There is no guarantee the former first-round pick will be back in 2017, and the Bears need to start exploring all options at the position.

Peterman is not finished product, but he is someone the Bears should continue to look into ahead of April's draft.

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