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5th Round: Peterman brings value to Bills

Sun, May 21, 2017

In Round 5, 14 total RSB prospects were selected, pushing our total to 71 through 184 picks (39% of all choices).

“Highest Selection”

Jordan Morgan/Kutztown OL | #147 Chicago Bears
The winner of the 2016 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year, Jordan played left tackle for the Golden Bears, but will likely shift inside to guard for the NFL’s version of the Bears. Look for Chicago to give him a year to develop before expecting him to get on the field as a dependable backup or potential starter. 

“Senior Bowl Bump”

Markuss Eligwe/Ga Southern LB | #183 Kansas City Chiefs
Markuss was a “Wednesday” addition to the South team roster during RSB week. He began his career at Florida State, but ended up at GSU after some off-field issues forced him to transfer. He has excellent height-weight-speed and ran 4.54 at his pro day. The Chiefs will count on him to play special teams, while he learns the nuances of their 3-4 scheme. 

“Immediate Help"

Damontae Kazee/San Diego State CB | #149 Atlanta Falcons
In one of the surprising developments of the draft, this two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year did not get selected within the first 100 picks, so the Falcons were wise to grab him here. With his inside/outside versatility, quickness and playing instincts, he could end up on the field this year in their Dime package and on special teams.

“Best Value”

Nate Peterman/Pittsburgh QB |#171 Buffalo Bills
Nate could have heard his name called as soon as the 2nd round, but unfortunately slid in the draft to pick #171. The silver lining is that he goes to a team with a new head coach and offense, so he will get the opportunity to learn from day one and potentially could emerge as a long-term answer at QB for Buffalo. He was compared favorably with Kirk Cousins throughout the pre-draft evaluation period.

“Spotlight Choice”

Jake Elliott/Memphis PK | #153 Cincinnati Bengals
Jake was the first kicker off the board after being perfect on 202 career extra point attempts and making 81 of 104 field goals during his time at Memphis. With Zane Gonzalez/Arizona State being selected by the Browns in Round 7, these two will have a kicker dual within the AFC North for seasons to come.

Here are the other 9 selections in Round 5 from the Reese’s Senior Bowl:

151. Desmond King Iowa CB Chargers
152. Corn Elder Miami (FL) CB Panthers
154. Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas TE Redskins
157. Will Holden Vanderbilt OT Cardinals
164. Isaac Asiata Utah OG Dolphins
174. Eric Saubert Drake TE Falcons
177. Trent Taylor Louisiana Tech WR 49ers
180. Danny Isidora Miami (FL) OG Vikings
184. Nate Gerry Nebraska SS Eagles