Jaret Patterson NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Jaret Patterson NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospect
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • Buffalo Bulls
  • Draft Prospect
  • draft prospects
  • Jaret Patterson
  • NFL running back prospect
  • Pro Day
  • Prospect Profile
  • Scouting Report
  • University of Buffalo
By Jim Bay March 25, 2021 0 Comment
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Jaret Patterson is a 2021 NFL Draft prospect

Jaret Patterson is a halfback from the University of Buffalo and a prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. Patterson started Buffalo’s first six games before opting out of their bowl game.

In only six games, Patterson ran for 1,072 yards on 141 carries (7.6 YPC) and 19 touchdowns. He led the nation in rushing average per game with 178.7 yards per game. According to Pro Football Focus, Patterson finished as the tenth-highest-graded running back (50 carry minimum) with an Offensive grade of 89.9 (88.5 Rushing, 90.0 Fumbling, 60.6 Pass Blocking, 49.2 Receiving, 66.1 Run Blocking).

Patterson was not heavily recruited out of high school, especially compared to his twin brother James, a linebacker. Jaret only earned a two-star rating, despite rushing for over 2000 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior. The pair were recruited to Buffalo as a package deal. Both played in every game during their freshman seasons, but Jaret earned Freshman of the Year for the MAC after becoming the first freshman in school history to rush for over 1000 yards.

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Patterson did not disappoint as a sophomore in 2019. He broke Buffalo’s single-season rushing record, going for 1799 yards and 19 touchdowns. He led the conference in rushing and finished fifth in the country, earning First-Team All-MAC. Patterson entered the 2020 season on the watchlist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell awards. His most notable game came on November 28, 2020, when he tied an FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns against Kent State. His 409 yards against Kent St, along with the 301 yard game against Bowling Green the week before, set an FBS record for the highest rushing total in consecutive games at 710 yards.

In the NFL, Patterson projects as a change-of-pace option in a running back committee. His style of running hard and running angry should allow him to contribute to most teams. Unfortunately, Patterson may not be able to contribute as a third-down running back. He had a very limited role in the passing game, catching only 20 passes during his three years at Buffalo. Additionally, Patterson is exceptionally short (5’6″) and weighs less than 200 pounds. This will be concerning to many teams.

Scouting Capsule

Jaret Patterson NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Measurements & Pro Day

At the University of Buffalo’s Pro Day, Jaret Patterson measured in at a height of 5064 and a weight of 195 pounds, with 9 1/4″ hands and 28 3/4″ arms. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash and recorded a 30 inch vertical and 9’9″ broad jump. A Buffalo, he was listed at 5’9″ and 195 pounds.



  • Possesses very good lateral agility and the ability to change direction on a dime.
  • Tough, physical, and reliable with the ball in his hands, fumbled only twice in his last two seasons at Buffalo.
  • Great vision and shifty running style make him a threat to break off big chunks of yardage on any play.
  • Can get to the edge and demonstrates the ability to create big plays.
  • Very good at reading his offensive linemen before hitting the open holes.


  • Pass receiving skills are in question as he caught only 1 pass last season and 20 total for his three years at Buffalo.
  • Small stature may limit him to being a part of a running back by committee or as a change-of-pace option.

NFL Comparison

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Jim Bay is a retired special education teacher who now likes to write about sports when he is not slashing his way around local golf course. He is also part of the ownership group for Authentic, the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup Classic champion


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