NFL Draft Profile: Jaret Patterson

Jaret Patterson

College: Buffalo

Position: Running Back

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 195 pounds


  • Football IQ
  • Super-Springy
  • Body Build
  • Vison
  • Patience
  • Balance


  • Pass Catching
  • Pass Protection
  • Breakaway Speed

Jaret Patterson comes into Buffalo as a true freshman and rushed for over 1000 yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Patterson showed that he had excellent vision and patience in his game. He was a bright spot on the team that went 10-4 but lost in the MAC Championship game to Northern Illinois.

In Patterson’s sophomore year her rushed for 1799 yards and increased his yards per carry up to 5.8. While the team did win their first bowl game, they didn’t make it to the MAC Championship. Patterson was a bright spot in a disappointing season for Buffalo. He put his name on the map as a person to keep an eye on going into his junior season.

Patterson came into his junior season with high expectations and he delivered in a big way. Patterson was able to rush for over 1000 yards and 18 touchdowns in four games. His breakout game against Kent State when he rushed for 409 yards and tying an NCAA record with 8 touchdowns. Even the great Barry Sanders took notice:

Patterson may have to work on his pass-catching and route-running moving into the NFL. The reason is that he has not had the opportunity to show that aspect of the game. As in three years, he only caught 10 passes. The same can be said about his pass protection. Patterson may not blow away with his 40 times, but by watching the film, you can see he can hit a different level.

Three years in Buffalo, Patterson has shown he belongs with the best running back in this year’s NFL Draft.