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Making the case for Jets to draft Nathan Peterman

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Mar 3, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets should continue drafting quarterbacks until they finally find their franchise player under center. Quarterback Nathan Peterman out of Pittsburgh would make a ton of sense in the grand scheme of things.

When it comes down to it, the philosophy tends to be the same when it comes to having an established franchise quarterback. If you are one of the unlucky teams that don’t have one under center ready to push the envelope for the next decade or so, it’s best to keep drafting them until one is found. This is the unfortunate situation the New York Jets are in.

In my latest 7-round mock draft for the Jets, I actually have them taking a quarterback with their second pick in Round 3. Quarterback Nathan Peterman out of Pittsburgh makes the most sense for a team that still has one huge question mark at the most important position on the roster.

There is no guarantee that either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg will be able to get the job done this upcoming season and even after it. Hopefully, Petty solidifies himself as the best option to start for the Jets but if not, then what? Surely, the Jets would hope that Hackenberg has developed somewhat in his sophomore season but then again, there is no guarantee he’s even ready to be a backup, let alone, starting for this franchise.

Then, of course, there is Josh McCown, the veteran quarterback brought in by the Jets via free agency with hopes of being a mentor to the young players around him. Hopefully, the Jets won’t need him to play at all this season and simply utilize him for his leadership qualities and again, to continue developing Petty and Hackenberg for the future.

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Peterman brings the most to the table when it comes to comparing him to the other quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. Not only has he played in all four years of college at Pittsburgh, but he brings with him all the makings of a franchise quarterback. Just like Hackenberg, Peterman will need some time before he’s ready to take the next step in his football career but the potential is there.

At Pittsburgh, Peterman totaled 5,236 passing yards, 398 completions, 47 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. If the Jets decide to completely change their offensive playbook due to new coordinator John Morton, Peterman would excel in a West Coast offense. He does very well in short to medium passes and is very moldable to be a terrific quarterback after a few years experience under his belt studying his craft

Peterman could be that pure-pocket passer that the Jets would love to have that is capable of managing a football game and not making any critical mistakes. His high football IQ and ability to do what is best to keep those chains moving make him a solid pick for the Jets. They need players of his caliber that again, give them an option to finally have an answer at quarterback in the next year or two.

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Overall, Peterman has the accuracy and ability to simply be brought into the Jets, given a year or two to learn from the sideline and be ready for those big years that are coming up for the franchise. It’s no secret the Jets will more than likely be one of the worst teams in the NFL this upcoming season but in 2018, 2019, and 2020 they will have all the young talent ready to make a statement. If things end up not working out with either Petty or Hackenberg, for all the Jets know Peterman could be that franchise quarterback they haven’t had for decades now.

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