After not getting selected in the NFL draft Patterson came out on Mel Kippers list of “The best still available”. The Washington football team was quick to snatch him up are a free agent.
Source: The Washington Football Team is expected to sign Buffalo running back Jarret Patterson as an undrafted free agent.— Bob Coogan (@BobCoogan) May 1, 2021
Ran for 1,072 yards and 19 TDs in six games last season.
Patterson set single season records at Buffalo, tied all time single game records nationally, and would have easily smashed the school record for career yards had he not decided to leave school after his junior season.
Patterson has several different “styles” that he runs with depending on the situation and he is deadly with all of them. He is a compact runner but mangers to run “high” in the open field. His 4.38 40 time is in the top 15 among this years NFL draft prospects just a hair off of the top ten.
But where Patterson really shines is at the line between the tackles and in tight spaces. He has a patience, intelligence, and fluid motion that helps him get through congestion almost untouched. He’s “shifty” with a first and second cut that seem almost effortless. Even when he’s right behind a jammed up offense line his feet are always moving and looking for a seam to go through.
The only thing that kept patterson from getting drafted by his stature, at 5-7 he’s pretty undersized for an NFL running back but plays much bigger than his size. In Washington he is going to be pushing Peyton Barber and Lamar Miller for the last spot in the backfield.