Round 5 – 174th overall
Running Back Jaret Patterson – Buffalo
It’s uncertain exactly how much faith the Bills coaching staff has in Antonio Williams to be RB3 on the depth chart. Furthermore, in my opinion, the difficulties the Buffalo Bills had in the running game last year were influenced more by poor run blocking rather than poor ball carriers. Hence, why I decided to address the hole at the right guard position with the 30th overall pick in this mock draft.
If the Bills really like what they have with Antonio Williams as RB3 behind both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, maybe the Bills don’t need to draft a running back at all in this draft. However, with the uncertainty surrounding this position heading into the draft, I figured it would be safe to take one in the late rounds.
Who better to select than Jaret Patterson, the most productive running back in college football last year and he’s playing in the same city as the Bills. Most people know Patterson from his game against Kent State in which he recorded 409 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. However, Patterson is a much more complete back than people give him credit for. In 2019 he was used as a solid receiving option out of the backfield for 209 yards and 1 touchdown on 13 receptions.
At 5’9″ and about 195 pounds, Patterson has a low center of gravity and excellent balance which allows him to be extremely efficient when making sharp cuts in the zone heavy run scheme he was a part of in college. It’s tough to evaluate his top-end speed because of the level of competition he was up against in the MAC.