Here’s who the quarterback guru would draft to start right away.
Just last week, Jon Gruden went on SportsCenter and revealed which quarterback he likes the most in the 2017 NFL Draft. So who did he choose? The QB guru went with former Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes.
However, on a conference call with media members, Gruden revealed which quarterback he’d draft if he came back to coach an NFL team and needed a quarterback to start right away.
So who would Gruden pick to start right away? Former Pitt starter Nate Peterman.
Jon Gruden was asked if he was to come back to coach this year and needed a QB to play right away, who would he choose?
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) April 19, 2017
Gruden has spent a lot of time with the top quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft class. The QB guru puts quarterbacks through a litany of tests on his ESPN segment, “Gruden’s QB Camp.” On the show, the ESPN analyst puts NFL QB prospects through a day of film study, on-field work and, perhaps the toughest part of the whole test, a conversation with Gruden himself.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback is seen as a mid-to-late round pick, behind several other quarterbacks, namely Patrick Mahomes, DeShaun Watson, and Mitchell Trubisky.
It’s a surprising pick from Gruden, although Peterman does seem to the quarterback who’s most-ready to play in the NFL right away. The system Pat Narduzzi runs at Pitt should transfer well to the NFL, even if Peterman is not the most-gifted QB in the Draft.
The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 27 in Philadelphia.