Jaret Patterson gained national attention this year in his game against Kent State when he scored EIGHT times and ran for over 400 yards. He was immediately spotted in several top ten lists at the running back position including draft media guys like Matt Miller. I always liked what I saw when I would watch Buffalo but I never studied him in depth until recently which led me to write up this Jaret Patterson draft profile.
From the great state of Maryland, Jaret Patterson attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School where he would carve out a legendary high school career for the state. He was an All-State selection his senior year which was highlighted by a masterful performance where he gained 558 all-purpose yards in one game.
That performance was just one of many that earned him a 3-star rating and an offer from Buffalo that he took where he immediately made an impact.
Patterson split the workload his freshman year but would become the first freshman in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards which put him in the driver’s seat to earn the full-time job as a sophomore.
In 2019 as a sophomore he would set the single-season rushing record for the Bulls across his 13 games. He was also a 1st team all-MAC selection, which he would repeat in 2020. Then in 2020, he would be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year which had the staple performance with eight touchdowns to make it no contest when it came to the voting.
All of this led to Patterson being a rare MAC running back draft declaration as a junior but it was warranted as he proved to be one of the best college backs in the nation.
When you watch Jaret Patterson what really stands out is his strength and contact balance that he plays with. He demonstrates the physical running style that isn’t as popular as it used to be in the NFL, but guys like Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb are keeping it alive. (I’m not comping Patterson to those guys, by the way. Calm down.)
Runs through arm tackles and drops a stiff arm! Gotta tackle properly when facing Jaret Patterson to have a chance. pic.twitter.com/RtNi0OSOkr
— Mandrew Harbaugh (@Mandrew_FF) January 16, 2021
Patterson’s speed isn’t great, and I would honestly say it’s average. Whether it’s something with his technique or through additional training, I believe it can be corrected to give him a bit of a boost to gain that advantage in the next level. It’s reasonable to think that his training regimen is going to be different in the NFL than it was in college at a program like Buffalo.
Speaking of technique that also leads me to his worst trait…
Patterson is kind of raw in general as a running back and his technique as a whole I think is where he really struggles. He runs very upright and stiff and with his size, he could be a little more relaxed and flexible. When he gets to an NFL team and training staff this could be fixed up but at the same time, he has run like this his whole life going back to high school.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) December 17, 2020
Derrick Henry had the same issue coming out of Alabama and he made it work but physically he and Patterson are not even close to the same so it needs to be corrected.
Projection and Comp
I don’t have any fun or crazy comps to make our friend Tom from The Fantasy Authority angry with me, but in this Jaret Patterson draft profile, I do have a projection for you!
I don’t see Patterson being an every-down back by any means but I can see him taking the reins of an offense in case of an injury or COVID diagnosis were to pop up and take out a lead back. I said I didn’t have a player comp for his style but in terms of a career, I could see him being a “Gus Edwards” type on a team where he is just Mr. Reliable.
His draft grade and projections will be in my guide come April so for now enjoy the profile and be on the lookout for a video to pair with this written piece! Be sure to keep our dynasty page bookmarked for more content and subscribe to the Fantasy Authority YouTube channel!